History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

By Peter Adamson

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Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net

Episode Date
HoP 345 - What a Piece of Work is Man - Manetti and Pico on Human Nature

Pico della Mirandola and Giannozzo Manetti praise humans as the centerpiece of the created world. But what about the other animals?

Mar 22, 2020
HoP 344 - The Count of Concord - Pico della Mirandola

Pico della Mirandola argues for the harmony of the ancient authorities, draws on Jewish mysticism, and questions the value of humanist rhetoric.

Mar 08, 2020
HoP 343 - As Far as East from West - Jewish Philosophy in Renaissance Italy

Jewish philosophers in Renaissance Italy, focusing on Leone Ebreo’s Dialogues of Love, the Averroism of Elijah del Medigo, and Italian Kabbalah.

Feb 23, 2020
HoP 342 - Denis Robichaud on Plato in the Renaissance

An interview with Denis Robichaud on how, and why, Plato was read in the Italian Renaissance.

Feb 09, 2020
HoP 341 - True Romance - Theories of Love

Ficino describes a “Platonic” love purified of sexuality, prompting a debate carried on by Pico della Mirandola, Pietro Bembo, and Tullia d’Aragona.

Jan 26, 2020
HoP 340 - Footnotes to Plato - Marsilio Ficino

Marsilio Ficino’s revival of Platonism, with a focus on his proofs for the soul’s immortality in his magnum opus, the Platonic Theology.

Jan 12, 2020
HoP 339 - I’d Like to Thank the Academy - Florentine Platonism

The blossoming of Renaissance Platonism under the Medici, who supported the scholarship of Poliziano, Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola.

Dec 29, 2019
HoP 338 - All About Eve - the Defense of Women

Refutation of misogyny in Moderate Fonte and Lucrezia Marinella.

Dec 15, 2019
HoP 337 - More Rare Than the Phoenix - Italian Women Humanists

Cassandra Fedele, Isotta Nogarola, and Laura Cereta seek fame and glory through eloquence and learning.

Dec 01, 2019
HoP 336 - We Built This City - Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan's political philosophy, epistemology, and the refutation of misogyny in her "City of Ladies".

Nov 17, 2019
HoP 335 - Sabrina Ebbersmeyer on Emotions in Renaissance Philosophy

An interview with Sabrina Ebbersmeyer about the relation of emotion to reason and the body, and panpsychism, in the Renaissance.

Nov 03, 2019
HoP 334 - Chance Encounters - Reviving Hellenistic philosophy

The rediscovery of Epicurus, Lucretius, and Sextus Empiricus spreads challenging ideas about chance, atomism, and skepticism.

Oct 20, 2019
HoP 333 - Difficult to Be Good - Humanist Ethics

Humanists from Bruni and Valla to Pontano and Castiglione ask whether ancient ethical teachings can still help us learn how to live.

Oct 06, 2019
HoP 332 - Jill Kraye on Humanism

Jill Kraye returns to the podcast to discuss the nature of humanism, its relation to scholasticism, and its legacy.

Sep 22, 2019
HoP 331 - Literary Criticism - Lorenzo Valla

Lorenzo Valla launches a furious attack on scholastic philosophy, favoring the resources of classical Latin.

Sep 08, 2019
HoP 330 - Republic of Letters - Italian Humanism

Coluccio Salutati and Leonardo Bruni combine eloquence with philosophy, taking as their model the refined language and republican ideals found in Cicero.

Jul 28, 2019
HoP 329 - Greeks Bearing Gifts - Byzantine Scholars in Italy

Bessarion and George Trapenzuntius, rival scholars from the Greek east who helped inspire the Italian Renaissance.

Jul 14, 2019
HoP 328 - Old News - Introduction to the Italian Renaissance

A first look at the themes and figures of philosophy in the Italian Renaissance.

Jun 30, 2019
HoP 327 - Michele Trizio on Byzantine and Latin Medieval Philosophy

The series on Byzantium concludes as Michele Trizio discusses the mutual influence of Byzantium and Latin Christendom.

Jun 16, 2019
HoP 326 - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - the Later Orthodox Tradition

When the Byzantine empire ended in 1453, philosophy in Greek did not end with it. In this episode we bring the story up to the 20th century.

Jun 02, 2019
HoP 325 - Platonic Love - Gemistos Plethon

Was Gemistos Plethon, the last great thinker of the Byzantine tradition, a secret pagan or just a Christian with an unusual enthusiasm for Platonism?

May 19, 2019
HoP 324 - United We Fall - Latin Philosophy in Byzantium

Thomas Aquinas finds avid readers among Byzantines at the twilight of empire, and is used by both sides of the Hesychast controversy.

May 05, 2019
HoP 323 - Through His Works You Shall Know Him - Palamas and Hesychasm

Gregory Palamas and the controversy over his teaching that we can go beyond human reason by grasping God through his activities or “energies”.

Apr 21, 2019
HoP 322 - Do the Math - Science in the Palaiologan Renaissance

Mathematics and the sciences in Byzantium, focusing on scholars of the Palaiologan period like Blemmydes and Metochites.

Apr 07, 2019
HoP 321 - Judith Herrin on Byzantium and Islam

Historian Judith Herrin joins us to talk about competition and mutual influence between Islam and Byzantium.

Mar 24, 2019
HoP 320 - People of the South - Byzantium and Islam

Intellectual exchange between Christians and Muslims, and the later flowering of Syriac literature including the philosopher Bar Hebraeus.

Mar 10, 2019
HoP 319 - Georgia on My Mind - Petritsi and the Proclus Revival

The Neoplatonist Proclus gets mixed reviews from Christians, as Nicholas of Methone refutes him but the Georgian philosopher Ioane Petritsi helps to revive his thought. 

Feb 24, 2019
HoP 318 - Oliver Primavesi on Greek Manuscripts

Peter's Munich colleague Oliver Primavesi tells us how Greek manuscripts are used to establish the text of authors like Aristotle. 

Feb 10, 2019
HoP 317 - Made by Hand - Byzantine Manuscripts

Without handwritten copies produced by Byzantine scribes, we would know almost nothing about ancient philosophy. How and why were they made?

Jan 27, 2019
HoP 316 - Just Measures - Law, Money, and War in Byzantium

Legal and economic thought in Byzantium: the sources of the law’s authority, the relation of church and civil law, just price, and just war.

Jan 13, 2019
HoP 315 - Wiser Than Men - Gender in Byzantium

The role of women in Byzantine society and the complex attitudes surrounding eunuchs: did they make up a “third gender”?

Dec 30, 2018
HoP 314 - Katerina Ierodiakonou on Byzantine Commentaries

A chat about commentaries on Aristotle from Byzantium with guest Katerina Ierodiakonou.

Dec 16, 2018
HoP 313 - Queen of the Sciences - Anna Komnene and her Circle

Princess Anna Komnene makes good use of her political retirement by gathering a circle of scholars to write commentaries on Aristotle.

Dec 02, 2018
HoP 312 - Past Masters - Byzantine Historiography

The larger meaning of history in the chronicles written by Michael Psellos, Michael Attaleiates, Anna Komnene, and Niketas Choniates.

Nov 18, 2018
HoP 311 - The Elements of Style - Rhetoric in Byzantium

Psellos and other experts in rhetoric explore how this art of persuasion relates to philosophy.

Nov 04, 2018
HoP 310 - Purple Prose - Byzantine Political Philosophy

Byzantine political thought from the time of Justinian down to the Palaiologos dynasty wrestles with the nature and scope of imperial power.

Oct 21, 2018
HoP 309 - Hooked on Classics - Italos and the Debate over Pagan Learning

The trial of John Italos and other signs of Byzantine disquiet with the pagan philosophical tradition.

Oct 07, 2018
HoP 308 - Dominic O'Meara on Michael Psellos

Dominic O'Meara speaks to Peter about Michael Psellos, focusing especially on his political philosophy.

Sep 23, 2018
HoP 307 - Consul of the Philosophers - Michael Psellos

Michael Psellos and his attitude towards pagan philosophy and the political life.

Sep 09, 2018
Bonus Episode - Glenn Adamson on Material Intelligence

Peter's twin brother Glenn Adamson discusses the philosophical implications of craft.

Aug 11, 2018
HoP 306 - Collectors’ Items - Photius and Byzantine Compilations

Photius, “the inventor of the book review,” and other Byzantine scholars who preserved ancient learning.

Jul 29, 2018
HoP 305 - Andrew Louth on John of Damascus

Peter is joined by Andrew Louth for a discussion of John of Damascus and his theological use of philosophy.

Jul 15, 2018
HoP 304 - Behind Enemy Lines - John of Damascus

John of Damascus helps to shape the Byzantine understanding of humankind and the veneration of images, despite living in Islamic territory.

Jul 01, 2018
HoP 303 - Don’t Picture This - Iconoclasm

Is it idolatry to venerate an icon of a saint, or of Christ? The dispute leads the Byzantines to ponder the relation between an image and its object.

Jun 17, 2018
HoP 302 - On the Eastern Front - Philosophy in Syriac and Armenian

Eastern Christian philosophy outside of Constantinople, focusing on translation and exegesis in the languages of Syriac and Armenian.

Jun 03, 2018
HoP 301 - The Empire Strikes Back - Introduction to Byzantine Philosophy

We begin to look at the third tradition of medieval philosophy, in which the heritage of classical antiquity is preserved and debated by the Byzantines.

May 20, 2018
HoP 300b - The Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Today

Peter King, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and Russ Friedman discuss their approaches to medieval philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.

May 06, 2018
HoP 300a - The Relevance of Ancient Philosophy Today

Rachel Barney, Christof Rapp, and Mark Kalderon join Peter to discuss the importance of ancient philosophy for today's philosophers.

Apr 22, 2018
HoP 299 - Robert Pasnau on Substance in Scholasticism

Bob Pasnau joins Peter to discuss ideas about substance from Aquinas down to the time of Locke, Leibniz and Descartes.

Apr 08, 2018
Africana Philosophy Announcement

New paperbacks and a new series!

Apr 06, 2018
HoP 298 - Renaissance Men - Ramon Llull and Petrarch

The Renaissance ideals of humanism and universal science flourish already in the medieval period, in the works of Petrarch and Ramon Llull.

Mar 25, 2018
HoP 297 - The Prague Spring - Scholasticism Across Europe

New ideas and and new universities in Italy and greater Germany including Vienna and Prague, where Jan Hus carries on the radical ideas of Wyclif.

Mar 11, 2018
HoP 296 - Morning Star of the Reformation - John Wyclif

John Wyclif refutes nominalism and inspires the Lollard movement, which anticipated Reformation thought with its critique of the church.

Feb 25, 2018
HoP 295 - The Most Christian Doctor - Jean Gerson

Jean Gerson’s role in the political disputes of his day, the spread of lay devotion and affective mysticism, and the debate over the Romance of the Rose initiated by Christine de Pizan.

Feb 11, 2018
HoP 294 - Isabel Davis on Sexuality and Marriage in Chaucer

Peter is joined by Isabel Davis to discuss marriage, sex and chastity in Chaucer, focusing on the Wife of Bath's speech.

Jan 28, 2018
HoP 293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Medieval attitudes towards homosexuality, sex and chastity, and the status of women. Authors discussed include Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Chaucer.

Jan 14, 2018
HoP 292 - Say it With Poetry - Chaucer and Langland

Philosophical themes in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” as well as Langland’s “Piers Plowman.”

Dec 31, 2017
HoP 291 - Alle Maner of Thyng Shall be Welle - English Mysticism

Julian of Norwich’s Shewings and the Cloud of Unknowing lay out challenging paths to knowledge of, and union with, God.

Dec 17, 2017
HoP 290 - Martin Pickavé on Emotions in Medieval Philosophy

Martin Pickavé returns to the podcast to talk about theories of the emotions in Aquinas, Scotus and Wodeham.

Dec 03, 2017
HoP 289 - A Wing and a Prayer - Angels in Medieval Philosophy

Be surprised by how many philosophical problems arise in connection with angels (how many can dance on the head of a pin is not one of them).

Nov 19, 2017
HoP 288 - Men in Black - The German Dominicans

Dietrich of Freiberg, Berthold of Moosburg, John Tauler and Henry Suso explore Neoplatonism and mysticism.

Nov 05, 2017
HoP 287 - Down to the Ground - Meister Eckhart

The scholastic and mystic Meister Eckhart sets out his daring speculations about God and humankind in both Latin and German.

Oct 22, 2017
HoP 286 - On the Money - Medieval Economic Theory

Changing ideas about money, just price, and usury, up to the time of Buridan, Oresme, and Gregory of Rimini.

Oct 08, 2017
HoP 285 - Dominik Perler on Medieval Skepticism

The medievals were too firm in their beliefs to entertain skeptical worries, right? Don't be so sure, as Peter learns from Dominik Perler.

Sep 24, 2017
HoP 284 - Seeing is Believing - Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Skeptical Challenge

The debate between Nicholas of Autrecourt and John Buridan on whether it is possible to achieve certain knowledge.

Aug 13, 2017
HoP 283 - Jack Zupko on John Buridan

Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan's secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy.

Jul 30, 2017
HoP 282 - Portrait of the Artist - John Buridan

The hipster’s choice for favorite scholastic, John Buridan, sets out a nominalist theory of knowledge and language, and explains the workings of free will.

Jul 16, 2017
HoP 281 - Monica Green on Medieval Medicine

An interview with Monica Green reveals parallels between medicine and philosophy in the middle ages.

Jul 02, 2017
HoP 280 - Get to the Point - Fourteenth Century Physics

Ockham, Buridan, Oresme and Francis of Marchia explore infinity, continuity, atomism, and the impetus involved in motion.

Jun 18, 2017
HoP 279 - Quadrivial Pursuits - the Oxford Calculators

Bradwardine and other thinkers based at Oxford make breakthroughs in physics by applying mathematics to motion.

Jun 04, 2017
HoP 278 - Sara Uckelman on Obligations

Sara Uckelman soundly defeats Peter in the medieval logical game of "obligations."

May 21, 2017
HoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic

The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.”

May 07, 2017
HoP 276 - Back to the Future - Foreknowledge and Predestination

Scotus, Ockham, and Bradwardine ask how we can be free if God knows and chooses the things we will do in the future.

Apr 23, 2017
HoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham

Walter Burley flies the flag for realism against Ockham and other nominalists.

Apr 09, 2017
HoP 274 - Susan Brower-Toland on Ockham's Philosophy of Mind

An interview with Susan Brower-Toland covering Ockham's views on cognition, consciousness, and memory.

Mar 26, 2017
HoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language

How the language of thought relates to spoken and written language, according to William of Ockham.

Mar 12, 2017
HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism

Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.

Feb 26, 2017
HoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy

William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought.

Feb 12, 2017
HoP 270 - Render unto Caesar - Marsilius of Padua

In his book Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua develops new theories of representative government, rights, and ownership.

Jan 29, 2017
Democracy and the History of Philosophy

Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy.

Jan 21, 2017
HoP 269 - Our Power is Real - The Clash of Church and State

Giles of Rome and Dante on the rival claims of the church and secular rulers.

Jan 15, 2017
HoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri

Italy’s greatest poet Dante Alighieri was also a philosopher, as we learn from his Convivio and of course the Divine Comedy.

Jan 01, 2017
HoP 267 - After Virtue - Marguerite Porete

Marguerite Porete is put to death for her exploration of the love of God, The Mirror of Simple Souls.

Dec 18, 2016
HoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will

A conversation with Tom Pink about medieval theories of freedom and action.

Dec 04, 2016
HoP 265 - Time of the Signs - the Fourteenth Century

An introduction to philosophy in the 14th century, focusing on two big ideas: nominalism and voluntarism.

Nov 20, 2016
HoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge
Peter hears about Duns Scotus' epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini.
Nov 06, 2016
HoP 263 - One in a Million - Scotus on Universals and Individuals
Scotus explains how things can share a nature in common while being unique individuals.
Oct 23, 2016
HoP 262 - On Command - Scotus on Ethics
Scotus argues that morality is a matter of freely choosing to follow God’s freely issued commands.
Oct 09, 2016
HoP 261 - To Will or Not to Will - Scotus on Freedom
Scotus develops a novel theory of free will and, along the way, rethinks the notions of necessity and possibility.
Sep 25, 2016
HoP 260 - Once and for All - Scotus on Being
Duns Scotus attacks the proposal of Aquinas and Henry of Ghent that being is subject to analogy.
Sep 11, 2016
HoP 259 - Richard Cross on Philosophy and the Trinity
Medieval discussions of the Trinity charted new metaphysical territory, as we see in this interview with Richard Cross.
Jul 31, 2016
HoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist
Philosophy is pushed to its limits to provide rational explanations of two Christian theological doctrines.
Jul 17, 2016
HoP 257 - Martin Pickave on Henry of Ghent and Freedom
An interview with Martin Pickavé on voluntarism in Henry of Ghent.
Jul 03, 2016
HoP 256 - Frequently Asked Questions - Henry of Ghent
Henry of Ghent, now little known but a leading scholastic in the late 13th century, makes influential proposals on all the debates of his time.
Jun 19, 2016
HoP 255 - Andreas Speer on Medieval Aesthetics
Does medieval art tell us anything about medieval theories of aesthetics? Peter finds out from Andreas Speer.
Jun 05, 2016
HoP 254 - Love, Reign Over Me - The Romance of the Rose
Sex, reason, and religion in Jean de Meun’s completion of an allegory of courtly love, the Roman de la Rose.
May 22, 2016
HoP 253 - Let Me Count the Ways - Speculative Grammar
The “modistae” explore the links between language, the mind, and reality.
May 08, 2016
HoP 252 - Neverending Story - the Eternity of the World
Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the so-called “Latin Averroists” take up the question of whether the universe has always existed, and settle once and for all which comes first, the chicken or the egg.
Apr 24, 2016
HoP 251 - Masters of the University - “Latin Averroism"
Did Siger of Brabant and Boethius of Dacia, who have been called “Latin Averroists” and “radical Aristotelians,” really embrace a doctrine of “double truth”?
Apr 10, 2016
HoP 250 - Q&A
Peter answers listener questions on the nature of philosophy and the podcast series.
Mar 27, 2016
HoP 249 - Paris When it Sizzles - the Condemnations
Two rounds of condemnations at Paris declare certain philosophical teachings as heretical. But what were the long term effects?
Mar 13, 2016
HoP 248 - Scott MacDonald on Aquinas
Scott MacDonald joins Peter to discuss Thomas Aquinas' views on human knowledge.
Feb 28, 2016
HoP 247 - Onward, Christian Soldiers - Just War Theory
Aquinas follows medieval legal thinkers in defining the conditions under which war may be justified, and proposes his famous doctrine of double effect.
Feb 14, 2016
HoP 246 - What Pleases the Prince - The Rule of Law
Natural law and political legitimacy in thirteenth century thinkers up to and including Thomas Aquinas.
Jan 31, 2016
HoP 245 - What Comes Naturally - Ethics in Albert and Aquinas
Natural and supernatural virtue and happiness in Thomas Aquinas and his teacher, Albert the Great.
Jan 17, 2016
HoP 244 - Everybody Needs Some Body - Aquinas on Soul and Knowledge
Thomas Aquinas makes controversial claims concerning the unity of the soul and the empirical basis of human knowledge.
Jan 03, 2016
HoP 243 - The Ox Heard Round the World - Thomas Aquinas
An introduction to Thomas Aquinas, his views on faith and reason, and his famous “five ways” of proving God’s existence.
Dec 20, 2015
HoP 242 - Therese Cory on Self-Awareness in Albert and Aquinas
Therese Cory tells Peter what Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas thought about self-awareness.
Dec 06, 2015
HoP 241 - The Shadow Knows - Albert the Great’s Metaphysics
Albert the Great’s theory of being and his attempt to explain what changes in the human mind when we come to see God in the afterlife.
Nov 22, 2015
HoP 240 - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Albert the Great’s Natural Philosophy
Albert the Great earns his nickname “universal doctor” by devoting himself to the whole of nature, from geology and botany to the study of human nature.
Nov 08, 2015
HoP 239 - Catarina Dutilh Novaes on Medieval Logic
Was medieval logic "formal"? Peter finds out from Catarina Dutilh Novaes.
Oct 25, 2015
HoP 238 - Binding Arbitration - Robert Kilwardby
Robert Kilwardby is infamous for his ban on teaching certain philosophical ideas at Oxford, yet made contributions in logic and on the soul.
Oct 11, 2015
HoP 237 - Begin the Beguine - Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg
Two Beguine authors, Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg, deploy the tropes of courtly love in vernacular writings about their mystical experiences.
Sep 27, 2015
Indian Philosophy Announcement!
New feed for Philosophy in India: http://hopwag2.podbean.com/feed/
Sep 19, 2015
HoP 236 - None for Me, Thanks - Franciscan Poverty
Bonaventure and Peter Olivi respond to critics of the Franciscan vow of poverty, in a debate which produced new ideas about economics and rights.
Aug 09, 2015
HoP 235 - Juhana Toivanen on Animals in Medieval Philosophy
Medieval ideas about what animals do and do not have in common with humans, and how we should treat them.
Aug 02, 2015
HoP 234 - Your Attention Please - Peter Olivi
Peter Olivi proposes that awareness occurs not through passively being affected by things, but by actively paying attention to them.
Jul 26, 2015
HoP 233 - Stairway to Heaven - Bonaventure
Bonaventure argues that human knowledge depends on an illumination from God.
Jul 19, 2015
HoP 232 - Charles Burnett on Magic
Charles Burnett tells Peter about the role of magic in medieval intellectual life.
Jul 12, 2015
HoP 231 - Origin of Species - Roger Bacon
Roger Bacon extols the power of science based on experience and uses a general theory of "species" to explain light and vision.
Jul 05, 2015
HoP 230 - A Light That Never Goes Out - Robert Grosseteste
Translator, scientist and theologian Robert Grosseteste sheds light on the cosmos, human understanding, and the rainbow.
Jun 28, 2015
HoP 229 - Do the Right Thing - Thirteenth Century Ethics
The scholastics explore Aristotle’s ethical teaching and the concept of moral conscience.
Jun 21, 2015
HoP 228 - It's All Good - The Transcendentals
Philip the Chancellor introduces the transcendentals, a key idea in medieval metaphysics and aesthetics.
Jun 14, 2015
HoP 227 - Stayin’ Alive - Thirteenth Century Psychology
John Blund and William of Auvergne draw on Aristotle and Avicenna to argue that the soul is immaterial and immortal.
Jun 07, 2015
HoP 226 - Full of Potential - Thirteenth Century Physics
Richard Rufus and anonymous commentators on Aristotle explore the nature of motion, time, infinity and space.
May 31, 2015
HoP 225 - No Uncertain Terms - Thirteenth Century Logic
The terminist logicians William of Sherwood and Peter of Spain classify the various ways that language can relate to the world.
May 24, 2015
HoP 224 - Kent Emery on Institutions of Learning
Kent Emery joins Peter to discuss the effects of monastic and university culture on medieval philosophy.
May 17, 2015
HoP 223 - Straw Men - The Rise of the Universities
The emergence of universities in Paris, Oxford, Bologna and elsewhere provide the main setting for medieval philosophy in the 13th century and beyond.
May 10, 2015
HoP 222 - Rediscovery Channel - Translations into Latin
Greek and Arabic sources are rendered into Latin in a translation movement that will revolutionize medieval philosophy.
May 03, 2015
HoP 221 - Leading Light - Hildegard of Bingen
The life, visions, political intrigues and scientific interests of Hildegard of Bingen.
Apr 26, 2015
HoP 220 - Caroline Humfress on the Roots of Medieval Law
A discussion about Roman law and its reception in the medieval period, with ancient law expert Caroline Humfress.
Apr 19, 2015
HoP 219 - Law and Order - Gratian and Peter Lombard
Gratian and Peter Lombard help bring scholasticism to maturity by systematizing law and theology.
Apr 12, 2015
HoP 218 - Two Swords - Early Medieval Political Philosophy
The “Investiture Contest” between church and state and the first major work of medieval political philosophy, John of Salisbury’s Policraticus.
Apr 05, 2015
HoP 217 - Andrew Arlig on Parts and Wholes
Andrew Arlig joins Peter to discuss medieval discussions of mereology (the study of parts and wholes).
Mar 28, 2015
HoP 216 - One of a Kind - Gilbert of Poitiers on Individuation
Gilbert of Poitiers proposes a unique way to explain how each individual is the individual it is.
Mar 22, 2015
HoP 215 - The Medieval Podcasters
In this special episode, Peter chats with the hosts of the History of the Crusades, History of Byzantium, and British History podcasts.
Mar 15, 2015
HoP 214 - The Good Book - Philosophy of Nature
As early medieval science blossoms, Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille personify Nature in their philosophical prose-poems.
Mar 08, 2015
HoP 213 - On the Shoulders of Giants - Philosophy at Chartres
The controversial role of Chartres in the philosophical Renaissance of the twelfth century.
Feb 27, 2015
HoP 212 - Like Father, Like Son - Debating the Trinity
Discussion, debate and denunciation of philosophical attempts to explain the Trinity in Abelard, Richard of St Victor and Bernard of Clairvaux.
Feb 22, 2015
HoP 211 - Learn Everything - the Victorines
Hugh of Saint Victor and other scholars of the same abbey combine secular learning with spirituality.
Feb 15, 2015
HoP 210 - John Marenbon on Peter Abelard
John Marenbon returns to the podcast to discuss Abelard's views on necessity and freedom..
Feb 08, 2015
HoP 209 - It’s the Thought that Counts - Abelard’s Ethics
Peter Abelard sets out an innovative ethical theory that identifies intentions as the core of moral life.
Feb 01, 2015
HoP 208 - Get Thee to a Nunnery - Heloise and Abelard
Peter Abelard and Heloise prove themselves to be fascinating thinkers as well as star-crossed lovers.
Jan 25, 2015
HoP 207 - All or Nothing - The Problem of Universals
Abelard and other logicians of the 12th century argue over the status of universals: are they words or things?
Jan 18, 2015
HoP 206 - Eileen Sweeney on Anselm
Anselm expert Eileen Sweeney discusses his approach to philosophy and the devotional aspect of his works.
Jan 11, 2015
HoP 205 - Somebody's Perfect - Anselm's Ontological Argument
The most famous argument in medieval philosophy is Anselm's proof of God's existence. But how is it supposed to work?
Jan 04, 2015
HoP 204 - A Canterbury Tale - Anselm's Life and Works
Anselm offers more than his famous ontological argument, including a subtle account of human freedom.
Dec 28, 2014
HoP 203 - Virgin Territory - Peter Damian on Changing the Past
Peter Damian takes up a question with surprising philosophical implications: can God restore virginity to a woman who has lost it?
Dec 21, 2014
HoP 202 - Philosophers Anonymous - the Roots of Scholasticism
Little-known authors prepare the way for scholasticism with glosses on logic, metaphysical debate, and a poem about a cat.
Dec 13, 2014
HoP 201 - Stephen Gersh on Medieval Platonism
Stephen Gersh (who was Peter's doctoral advisor!) joins him to discuss the sources and influence of Platonism in the Middle Ages.
Dec 05, 2014
HoP 200 - Jill Kraye and John Marenbon on Medieval Philosophy
We celebrate reaching episode 200 with a special double interview on the problem of defining medieval philosophy.
Nov 29, 2014
HoP 199 - Much Ado About Nothing - Eriugena's Periphyseon
Eriugena delves into the Greek tradition to produce his masterpiece of metaphysics and theology, the Periphyseon.
Nov 22, 2014
HoP 198 - Grace Notes - Eriugena and the Predestination Controversy
John Scotus Eriugena debates free will with his rival Gottschalk, arguing that God predestines the saved but not the damned.
Nov 16, 2014
HoP 197 - Charles in Charge - The Carolingian Renaissance
Alcuin leads a resurgence of interest in philosophy and the liberal arts at the court of Charlemagne.
Nov 09, 2014
HoP 196 - Arts of Darkness - Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
Peter launches the series of podcasts on philosophy in medieval Latin Christendom with a look ahead at what’s to come.
Nov 03, 2014
HoP 195 - Anke von Kügelgen on Contemporary Islamic Thought
Anke von Kügelgen joins Peter to discuss developments over the last century or so, including attitudes towards past thinkers like Avicenna, Averroes and Ibn Taymiyya.
Oct 26, 2014
HoP 194 - Iran So Far - After Ṣadrā
From Sabzawārī in the 19th century to Seyyed Hossein Nasr today, Iranian thinkers promote and respond to the thought of Mullā Ṣadrā.
Oct 19, 2014
HoP 193 - All for One and One for All - Muḥammad 'Abdūh and Muḥammad Iqbāl
Muḥammad 'Abdūh and Muḥammad Iqbāl challenge colonialism and the traditional religious scholars of Islam.
Oct 12, 2014
HoP 192 - The Stronger Sex - Women Scholars and Islam
Fatema Mernissi and others challenge the long-standing (but not complete) exclusion of women from the intellectual traditions of Islam.
Oct 06, 2014
HoP 191 - The Young Ones: Encounters with European Thought
18th and 19th century intellectuals in India and the Ottoman empire, from Shāh Walī Allāh to the Young Turks, continue Islamic traditions and grapple with European science.
Oct 03, 2014
HoP 190 - Turkish Delights - Philosophy under the Ottomans
Kātib Çelebi defends cigarettes and coffee, in just one of several philosophical and religious debates in the Ottoman empire.
Aug 24, 2014
HoP 189 - Subcontinental Drift - Philosophy in Islamic India
Ideas spread to Mughal India from Iran, and prince Dārā Shikūh seeks to unite the wisdom of the Upanishads with the Koran.
Aug 17, 2014
HoP 188 - Sajjad Rizvi on Mulla Sadra
Sajjad Rizvi talks to Peter about Mullā Ṣadrā's views on eternity, God's knowledge and the afterlife.
Aug 10, 2014
HoP 187 - Return to Sender - Mulla Sadra on Motion and Knowledge
Mullā Ṣadrā proposes that all things are like sharks: in constant motion.
Aug 03, 2014
HoP 186 - To Be, Continued - Mulla Sadra on Existence
Mullā Ṣadrā, greatest thinker of early modern Iran, unveils his radical new understanding of existence.
Jul 27, 2014
HoP 185 - Follow the Leader - Philosophy under the Safavids
Philosophy in Safavid Iran, and a look back at earlier philosophy among Shiites.
Jul 20, 2014
HoP 184 - Robert Wisnovsky on Commentary Culture
Robert Wisnovsky joins Peter to discuss the enormous body of unstudied philosophical commentaries in the later Eastern Islamic world.
Jul 13, 2014
HoP 183 - Family Feud - Philosophy at Shiraz
The roots of the Safavid philosophical tradition in some rather ill-tempered debates at Shīrāz.
Jul 06, 2014
HoP 182 - Aftermath - Philosophy and Science in the Mongol Age
Philosophy and science survive and even thrive through the coming of the Mongols.
Jun 29, 2014
HoP 181 - By the Book - Ibn Taymiyya
The controversial jurist Ibn Taymiyya sets forth an originalist theory of law and a searching criticism of the philosophers’ logic.
Jun 22, 2014
HoP 180 - Proof Positive - The Logical Tradition
Later Islamic logicians try to solve the Liar Paradox and take on the advances of Avicenna's logic.
Jun 16, 2014
HoP 179 - Mohammed Rustom on Philosophical Sufism
Peter is joined by Mohammed Rustom in a discussion about Sufi authors including Ibn 'Arabī and Rūmī
Jun 08, 2014
HoP 178 - Eyes Wide Shut - Rumi and Philosophical Sufism
The Persian poet Rūmī and mystical philosopher al-Qūnawī carry on the legacy of Sufism.
Jun 01, 2014
HoP 177 - To Be or Not to Be - Debating Avicenna’s Metaphysics
Avicenna’s distinction between essence and existence triggers a running debate among philosophers and theologians.
May 24, 2014
HoP 176 - A Man for all Seasons - al-Tusi
Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s controversial career sees him adopt and then abandon Ismāʿīlism, team up with the Mongols, and offer a staunch defense of Avicenna.
May 18, 2014
HoP 175 - Bright Ideas - Illuminationism
The Illuminationists carry on Suhrawardī’s critique of “Peripatetic” philosophy and wonder if they will be reborn as giraffes.
May 11, 2014
HoP 174 - Leading Light - Suhrawardi
Suhrawardī, founder of the Illuminationist (ishrāqī) tradition, proposes a metaphysics of light on the basis of his theory of knowledge by presence
May 04, 2014
HoP 173 - For the Sake of Argument - Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
The hugely influential Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī weaves Avicenna and Islamic theology into complex dialectical treatments of time, God, the soul, and ethics.
Apr 27, 2014
HoP 172 - All Things Considered - Abu l-Barakat al-Baghdadi
Abū l-Barakāt al-Baghdādī makes up his own mind about physics and the soul, and along the way inaugurates a new style of doing philosophy.
Apr 19, 2014
HoP 171 - Golden Ages - The Later Eastern Traditions
An introduction to later developments in philosophical theology, sufism, and Illuminationism, focusing on the reception and critique of Avicenna.
Apr 13, 2014
HoP 170 - Gad Freudenthal on Jewish Philosophy and Science
Leading scholar of medieval Jewish thought Gad Freudenthal joins Peter in a concluding episode on Andalusian thought.
Apr 06, 2014
HoP 169 - A Matter of Principles - Albo and Abravanel
Joseph Albo and Isaac Abravanel critique Maimonides’ attempt to lay down foundations for the Jewish law.
Mar 30, 2014
HoP 168 - Chariot of Fire - Kabbalah
The rich symbolism of the Zohar and the spiritual practices of Abraham Abluafia feature in the mystical movement known as Kabbalah.
Mar 23, 2014
HoP 167 - When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Suffering in Jewish Philosophy
The Book of Job provokes Saadia, Maimonides, Ibn Tibbon and Gersonides to reflect on why God allows suffering.
Mar 16, 2014
HoP 166 - Tamar Rudavsky on Gersonides and Crescas
Tamar Rudavsky joins Peter to talk about the two great medieval Jewish thinkers after Maimonides: Gersonides and Crescas.
Mar 09, 2014
HoP 165 - Neither the Time Nor the Place - Hasdai Crescas
Ḥasdai Crescas shows Aristotelian physics who’s boss, by defending alternative conceptions of time, place and infinity.
Mar 02, 2014
HoP 164 - Man and Superman - Gersonides and the Jewish Reaction to Averroes
The super-commentator Gersonides and other Jews digest the ideas of Averroes.
Feb 23, 2014
HoP 163 - Burnt Offerings - The Maimonides Controversy
Maimonides’ works provoke a bitter dispute among Jews in France and Spain over the relation of philosophy to Judaism.
Feb 16, 2014
HoP 162 - Sarah Stroumsa on Maimonides
Maimonides as a "Mediterranean thinker": Peter is joined by Sarah Stroumsa.
Feb 08, 2014
HoP 161 - He Moves in Mysterious Ways - Maimonides on Eternity
Maimonides tries to settle the eternity of the world debate by declaring a draw.
Feb 02, 2014
HoP 160 - The Great Eagle - Maimonides
The great Jewish philosopher and legal scholar Maimonides, and the ideas in his Mishneh Torah and Guide for the Perplexed.
Jan 26, 2014
HoP 159 - With All Your Heart - Ethics and Judaism
Baḥya Ibn Paquda and Maimonides explore the ethical dimension of the Jewish scriptures and legal tradition.
Jan 19, 2014
HoP 158 - Born Under a Bad Sign - Freedom and Astrology in Jewish Philosophy
Abraham Ibn Ezra, Ibn Daud and Maimonides consider the philosophical implications of astrology as science flourishes in the Jewish culture of Andalusia.
Jan 12, 2014
HoP 157 - Choosing My Religion - Judah Hallevi
Judah Hallevi argues that Judaism has a better claim to belief than philosophy, Christianity, or Islam.
Jan 05, 2014
HoP 156 - Sarah Pessin on Jewish Neoplatonism
Peter chats with Sarah Pessin about the Neoplatonism of Jewish philosophers such as Isaac Israeli, Ibn Gabirol, and Maimonides.
Dec 29, 2013
HoP 155 - Matter over Mind - Ibn Gabirol
Neoplatonism returns in Ibn Gabriol, who controversially holds that everything apart from God has both matter and form.
Dec 22, 2013
HoP 154 - The Philosophy of History - Ibn Khaldun
The historian Ibn Khaldūn applies the methods of philosophy to understand the rise and fall of political regimes.
Dec 15, 2013
HoP 153 - A Matter of Taste – Ibn Arabi and Mysticism
Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, collides with philosophy in the work of Ibn ʿArabī.
Dec 08, 2013
HoP 152 - Richard Taylor on Averroes
Averroes scholar Richard C. Taylor joins Peter to talk about Averroes' views on the relation between Islam and philosophy.
Dec 01, 2013
HoP 151 - Single Minded - Averroes on the Intellect
Averroes defends the rather surprising notion that all of mankind shares a single intellect.
Nov 24, 2013
HoP 150 - Charles Burnett and Dag N Hasse on Arabic Latin Translations
A special 150th double interview episode on the transmission of philosophy from Arabic into Latin.
Nov 17, 2013
HoP 149 - Back to Basics - Averroes on Reason and Religion
An introduction to “the Commentator” Averroes, and his defense of philosophy in the Decisive Treatise.
Nov 09, 2013
HoP 148 - Fantasy Island - Ibn Bajja and Ibn Tufayl
Intellect and alienation in Ibn Bājja and Ibn Ṭufayl, author of the philosophical desert island castaway tale “Ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān.”
Nov 03, 2013
HoP 147 - Laying Down the Law – Ibn Hazm and Islamic Legal Theory
The development of Islamic law and jurisprudence (fiqh), and the many-sided output of the legal theorist Ibn Ḥazm.
Oct 27, 2013
HoP 146 - Philosophy's Reign in Spain - Andalusia
The flowering of philosophy among Muslims and Jews in al-Andalus (Muslim-controlled Spain and Portugal).
Oct 20, 2013
HoP 145 - Frank Griffel on al-Ghazali
Why did al-Ghazālī judge "the philosophers" to be apostates? Peter finds out from Frank Griffel.
Oct 13, 2013
HoP 144 - Miracle Worker - al-Ghazali against the Philosophers
In his “Incoherence of the Philosophers,” al-Ghazālī attacks Avicenna’s theories about the eternity of the universe and insists on the possibility of miracles.
Oct 06, 2013
HoP 143 - Special Delivery - al-Ghazali
Al-Ghazālī’s search for truth leads him to philosophy, Asharite theology, and ultimately the mystical tradition of Sufism.
Sep 29, 2013
HoP 142 - Dimitri Gutas on Avicenna
Peter talks to Dimitri Gutas about Avicenna's sources, philosophical methods, and influence.
Sep 22, 2013
HoP 141 - Into Thin Air - Avicenna on the Soul
With his Flying Man argument, Avicenna explores self-awareness and the relation between soul and body.
Sep 15, 2013
HoP 140 - By All Means Necessary - Avicenna on God
Avicenna’s proof of the Necessary Existent is ingenious and influential; but does it amount to a proof of God’s existence?
Aug 04, 2013
HoP 139 - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Avicenna on Existence
Avicenna revolutionizes metaphysics with groundbreaking ideas about necessity and contingency, and his new distinction between essence and existence.
Jul 28, 2013
HoP 138 - The Self-Made Man - Avicenna's Life and Works
Despite a tumultuous life, Avicenna manages to become the most influential of all medieval philosophers.
Jul 21, 2013
HoP 137 - God Willing – the Asharites
Al-Ash‘arī puts his stamp on the future of Islamic theology by emphasizing God’s untrammeled power and freedom.
Jul 14, 2013
HoP 136 - Farhad Daftary on the Ismailis
Peter is joined by Farhad Daftary, a leading expert on the Shiite group known as the Ismā'īlīs.
Jul 07, 2013
HoP 135 - Undercover Brothers – Philosophy in the Buyid Age
Miskawayh, al-‘Amiri, al-Tawhidi, the Brethren of Purity and Ismaili missionaries bring together philosophy with Persian culture, literature and Islam.
Jun 30, 2013
HoP 134 - Balancing Acts - Arabic Ethical Literature
Drawing on Galen and Aristotle, philosophers from al-Kindi to Miskawayh compose ethical works designed us to achieve health in soul, as well as body.
Jun 23, 2013
HoP 133 - Strings Attached - Music and Philosophy
Peter turns DJ, with some actual music interspersed with discussion about theories of music in Arabic philosophical texts.
Jun 16, 2013
HoP 132 - Eye of the Beholder - Theories of Vision
Ibn al-Haytham draws on the tradition of geometrical optics to explain the mystery of human eyesight.
Jun 09, 2013
HoP 131 - Deborah Black on al-Farabi's Epistemology

Deborah Black joins Peter to talk about al-Farabi's innovations concerning knowledge and certainty.

Jun 02, 2013
HoP 130 - State of Mind - al-Farabi on Religion and Politics
Al-Fārābī combines Islam and Greek sources to present the ideal ruler as a philosopher who is also a prophet.
May 26, 2013
HoP 129 - The Second Master - al-Farabi
Peter begins to look at the systematic rethinking of Hellenic philosophy offered by al-Farabi, focusing on his logic and metaphysics.
May 19, 2013
HoP 128 - Aristotelian Society - the Baghdad School
A group of mostly Christian philosophers transpose the practices of antique Aristotelian philosophy to 10th century Baghdad.
May 12, 2013
HoP 127 - Peter E Pormann on Medicine in the Islamic World
A double dose of Peters, as Pormann joins Adamson to discuss medicine and philosophy in the Islamic world.
May 05, 2013
HoP 126 - High Five - al-Razi
The doctor and philosopher Abu Bakr al-Razi sets out a daring philosophical theory involving five eternal principles: God, soul, matter, time and place.
Apr 28, 2013
HoP 125 - Reasoned Belief - Saadia Gaon
Saadia Gaon draws on Greek philosophy and Islamic theology to provide a rational account of Jewish belief.
Apr 21, 2013
HoP 124 - The Chosen Ones - Judaism and Philosophy
The roots of Jewish philosophy in the Islamic world, focusing on the Rabbinic background in the Mishnah and Talmud, and the thought of early figures like Isaac Israeli.
Apr 14, 2013
HoP 123 - Philosopher of the Arabs - al-Kindi
Al-Kindī uses Hellenic materials to discuss the eternity of the world, divine attributes, and the nature of the soul.
Apr 07, 2013
HoP 122 - Founded in Translation - From Greek to Syriac and Arabic
Greek philosophy and science make their way into the Islamic world via Syriac and Arabic translations and interpretations.
Mar 30, 2013
HoP 121 - This is a Test - the Mutazilites
A first look at the philosophical contributions of Islamic theology (kalām) and its political context, focusing on the Muʿtazilites Abū l-Hudhayl and al-Naẓẓām.
Mar 24, 2013
HoP 120 - The Straight Path - Philosophy in the Islamic World

The rise of Islam creates a new context for philosophy not only among Muslims, but also Jews and Christians.


Mar 16, 2013
HoP 119 - John Marenbon on Boethius
John Marenbon joins Peter to discuss Boethius' solution to the problem of divine foreknowledge.
Mar 10, 2013
HoP 118 - Fate, Hope and Clarity - Boethius
Boethius ushers in the medieval age with expert works on Aristotle, subtle treatises on theology, and the Consolation of Philosophy, written while he awaited execution.
Mar 03, 2013
HoP 117 - Born Again - Latin Platonism
Apuleius, Victorinus, Martianus Cappella, Macrobius and Calcidius present and interpret Platonic teachings for readers of Latin.
Feb 24, 2013
HoP 116 - Charles Brittain on Augustine's On the Trinity
In a final episode on Augustine, Charles Brittain joins Peter to discuss On the Trinity.
Feb 17, 2013
HoP 115 - Me, Myself and I - Augustine on Mind and Memory
In On the Trinity Augustine explores the human mind as an image of God.
Feb 09, 2013
HoP 114 - Sarah Byers on Augustine's Ethics
Peter speaks with Sarah Byers about the Stoic influence on Augustine's ethics and theory of action.
Feb 03, 2013
HoP 113 - Heaven and Earth - Augustine’s City of God
In his City of God Augustine traces the histories and philosophical underpinnings of two “cities,” one devoted to worldly glory, the other to heavenly bliss.
Jan 27, 2013
HoP 112 - Help Wanted - Augustine on Freedom
Augustine defends free will, but rejects the Pelagian claim that we can be good without God's help.
Jan 20, 2013
HoP 111 - Papa Don't Teach - Augustine on Language
Augustine argues that words are signs, but not signs that can bring us to knowledge.
Jan 13, 2013
HoP 110 - Life and Time - Augustine's Confessions
In the Confessions Augustine weaves autobiography with reflections on the nature of God, man, and time.
Jan 06, 2013
HoP 109 - Spreading the Word - the Latin Church Fathers
Tertullian, Lactantius, Jerome and Ambrose use and abuse Hellenic philosophy.
Dec 30, 2012
HoP 108 - George Boys-Stones on the Greek Church Fathers
George Boys-Stones joins Peter to discuss philosophy in the Bible and the Greek Fathers.
Dec 23, 2012
HoP 107 - Practice Makes Perfect - Christian Asceticism
Christian ascetics like Antony, Macrina and Evagrius create a new ethical ideal by pushing the human capacity for self-control to its limits.
Dec 16, 2012
HoP 106 - Double or Nothing - Maximus the Confessor
The early Byzantine thinker Maximus uses Aristotle to defend the orthodox view of Christ's two natures
Dec 09, 2012
HoP 105 - Naming the Nameless - the Pseudo-Dionysius
A mysterious author calling himself Dionysius fuses Neoplatonism with Christianity
Dec 02, 2012
HoP 104 - Let's Talk Turkey - the Cappadocians
Basil of Caesarea, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus use philosophy to help the poor and to defeat their theological opponents
Nov 25, 2012
HoP 103 - Fall and Rise - Origen
Origen of Alexandria weaves Platonic ideas into new and controversial theological ideas
Nov 17, 2012
HoP 102 - Please Accept Our Apologies - the Greek Church Fathers
Irenaeus, Clement and Justin Martyr consider the relevance of philosophy for Christianity
Nov 11, 2012
HoP 101 - Father Figures - Introduction to Ancient Christian Philosophy
An overview of what the Church Fathers contributed to ancient philosophy
Nov 04, 2012
HoP 100 - Michael Trapp and Caroline Humfress on Ancient Culture and Philosophy
A special double interview celebrates reaching 100 episodes by looking at the cultural status of philosophy in the ancient world
Oct 28, 2012
HoP 099 - Richard Sorabji on the Commentators
Richard Sorabji joins Peter to discuss the ancient commentators on Aristotle
Oct 21, 2012
HoP 098 - For a Limited Time Only - John Philoponus
John Philoponus refutes Aristotle’s and Proclus’ arguments for the eternity of the universe, and develops new ideas in physics.
Oct 14, 2012
HoP 097 - A Tale of Two Cities - The Last Pagan Philosophers

Julian the Apostate and the philosophers of Athens and Alexandria try to keep pagan philosophy alive in the late Roman empire

Oct 07, 2012
HoP 096 - Dominic O'Meara on Neoplatonism
Dominic O'Meara speaks with Peter about political philosophy and mathematics in Neoplatonism
Sep 30, 2012
HoP 095 - Anne Sheppard on Ancient Aesthetics
Anne Sheppard joins Peter to discuss aesthetics from Plato to Proclus
Sep 23, 2012
HoP 094 - The Platonic Successor - Proclus
Proclus displays late Neoplatonism in all its glory
Sep 16, 2012
HoP 093 - Pythagorean Theorems - Iamblichus
Iamblichus fuses Platonism with pagan religious conviction and sets the agenda for Neoplatonism in generations to come.
Sep 08, 2012
HoP 092 - King of Animals - Porphyry
Porphyry defends vegetarianism and the harmony of Plato and Aristotle
Sep 02, 2012
HoP 091 - James Wilberding on Nature and Neoplatonism
James Wilberding joins Peter to examine what Plotinus and Porphyry contributed to the philosophy of nature
Aug 26, 2012
HoP 090 - A Decorated Corpse – Plotinus on Matter and Evil
Plotinus struggles to explain the presence of suffering, evil and ugliness in a world caused by purely good principles – and tells us what role we should play in that world.
Jul 22, 2012
HoP 089 - On the Horizon - Plotinus on the Soul
For Plotinus, Soul is on the border between the physical and intelligible realms. Can he convince us to identify ourselves with its highest part?
Jul 15, 2012
HoP 088 - Simplicity Itself - Plotinus on the One and Intellect
Plotinus posits an absolutely transcendent first principle, the One. What is it (or isn’t it), and how does it relate to Intellect?
Jul 08, 2012
HoP 087 - A God is My Co-Pilot - the Life and Works of Plotinus
Peter introduces Plotinus, the greatest philosopher of late antiquity and the founder of Neoplatonism
Jul 01, 2012
HoP 086 - Serafina Cuomo on Ancient Mathematics
How did the mathematics of figures like Euclid and Archimides relate to ancient philosophy? Peter finds out in an interview with Serafina Cuomo
Jun 24, 2012
HoP 085 - Sky Writing - Astronomy, Astrology, and Philosophy
Ptolemy uses philosophy in the service of studying the stars, while philosophers of all persuasions evaluate the widespread practice of astrology.
Jun 17, 2012
HoP 084 - Silver Tongues in Golden Mouths - Rhetoric and Ancient Philosophy
Themistius, Quintilian, Lucian and other authors tell us about the connections between rhetoric and late ancient philosophy
Jun 10, 2012
HoP 083 - Not Written in Stone – Alexander of Aphrodisias
Alexander of Aphrodisias writes the greatest ancient commentaries on Aristotle and tries to demolish the Stoic teaching on fate
Jun 03, 2012
HoP 082 - Lost and Found – Aristotelianism after Aristotle
Peter looks at the history of Aristotelianism up the time of the Roman Empire and the beginning of commentaries on his works
May 27, 2012
HoP 081 - Jan Opsomer on Middle Platonism
Jan Opsomer helps Peter to understand principles, Plato interpretation, and Plutarch in a wide-ranging discussion of Middle Platonism
May 20, 2012
HoP 080 - Delphic Utterances - Plutarch
Plutarch was a historian, a priest of Apollo, and a Platonist
May 13, 2012
HoP 079 - To the Lighthouse - Philo of Alexandria
Philo of Alexandria uses Platonism to understand the Bible of Moses
May 06, 2012
HoP 078 - Middle Men - the Platonic Revival
Pioneering thinkers Eudorus, Alcinous, and Numenius fuse Pythagoreanism with Platonism and pave the way for Plotinus.
Apr 29, 2012
HoP 077 - Caesarian Section – Philosophy in the Roman Empire
In late antiquity, Aristotelianism and Platonism made a comeback, and pagan philosophy developed alongside Judaism and Christianity.
Apr 22, 2012
HoP 076 - R.J. Hankinson on Galen
Jim Hankinson tells Peter about the life, work and philosophical contributions of Galen
Apr 15, 2012
HoP 075 - The Joy of Sects - Ancient Medicine and Philosophy
Hellenistic doctors discover the nerves and argue about method; Galen passes judgment
Apr 08, 2012
HoP 074 - Tony Long on the Self in Hellenistic Philosophy
Leading Hellenistic philosophy scholar Tony Long talks to Peter about the self, ethics and politics in the Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics
Apr 01, 2012
HoP 073 - Healthy Skepticism - Sextus Empiricus
Sextus Empiricus pushes skepticism to its limits with his uncompromising Pyrrhonism
Mar 25, 2012
HoP 072 - Raphael Woolf on Cicero
Peter discusses Cicero's method and philosophical allegiances with Raphael Woolf
Mar 18, 2012
HoP 071 - Rhetorical Questions - Cicero
Cicero, inspired by the skepticism of the New Academy, uses his literary talents to present the wisdom of the Greeks
Mar 11, 2012
HoP 070 - The Know-Nothing Party - the Skeptical Academy
The Skeptical Academy attacks Stoic claims that certain knowledge is possible
Mar 04, 2012
HoP 069 - Beyond Belief - Pyrrho and Skepticism
Peter begins to examine ancient Skepticism, beginning with Pyrrho's life and doctrines, or lack thereof
Feb 26, 2012
HoP 068 - John Sellars on the Roman Stoics
John Sellars joins Peter to discuss the Roman Stoics and their "art of living"
Feb 19, 2012
HoP 067 - The Philosopher King - Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations are a classic of Stoicism written by the most powerful philosopher who ever lived
Feb 12, 2012
HoP 066 - You Can Chain My Leg - Epictetus
Epictetus, greatest of the Roman Stoics, tells you how to set yourself free
Feb 05, 2012
HoP 065 - Anger Management - Seneca
Seneca wields his rhetorically charged Latin to advance Stoic ethical theory
Jan 29, 2012
HoP 064 - David Sedley on Stoicism
David Sedley discusses the Stoic school and its evolution
Jan 22, 2012
HoP 063 - Like a Rolling Stone - Stoic Ethics
The Stoic ethical theory insists that perfection is possible, and that moral responsibility is compatible with determinism
Jan 15, 2012
HoP 062 - We Didn’t Start the Fire - the Stoics on Nature
The Stoic cosmos: suffused with divinity, surrounded by void, and endlessly repeating
Jan 08, 2012
HoP 061 - Nobody’s Perfect - the Stoics on Knowledge
The Stoics set out and defend an ambitious theory of knowledge, where it is possible to avoid all error
Jan 01, 2012
HoP 060 - Walking on Eggshells - the Stoics on Logic
Introducing the early Stoics, Zeno, Cleanthes and Chrysippus, and their innovations in logic
Dec 25, 2011
HoP 059 - James Warren on Epicureanism
James Warren chats with Peter about the pleasures of Epicureanism
Dec 18, 2011
HoP 058 - Reaping the Harvest - Lucretius
In "On the Nature of Things" Lucretius sets Epicureanism into Latin poetic verse
Dec 11, 2011
HoP 057 - Nothing to Fear - Epicureans on Death and the Gods
The Epicureans reassure us against the terrors of death and punishment by the gods
Dec 04, 2011
HoP 056 - Am I Bothered? - Epicurean Ethics
Pleasure is the good, according to Epicurus. But how do we live most pleasantly?
Nov 27, 2011
HoP 055 - The Constant Gardener - Epicurus and his Principles
Epicurus sets out an empiricist theory of knowledge and atomist physics, in support of hedonism
Nov 20, 2011
HoP 054 - Instant Gratification - the Cyrenaics
The Cyrenaics, the ultimate pleasure seekers of ancient philosophy
Nov 13, 2011
Filling the Gaps - a Brief History of Nothing

A recording of Peter's lecture delivered on Oct 25, 2011, at the Arts and Humanities festival on "The Power of Stories" at King's College London.

Nov 09, 2011
HoP 053 - Beware of the Philosopher - the Cynics
Diogenes and the other Cynics “deface the currency” by exposing the hypocrisy of Greek society.
Nov 06, 2011
HoP 052 - Fighting Over Socrates - the Hellenistic Schools
Introducing the Stoics, Skeptics, Epicureans and Cynics, the schools of the Hellenistic age
Oct 30, 2011
HoP 051 - The Next Generation - the Followers of Plato and Aristotle
The Old Academy and Theophrastus carry on the legacy of Plato and Aristotle
Oct 23, 2011
HoP 050 - MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf on Aristotle on Plato
Peter's colleagues MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf join him for a special 50th episode interview, to discuss Aristotle's reactions to his teacher Plato
Oct 16, 2011
HoP 049 - Stage Directions - Aristotle's Rhetoric and Poetics
In the Rhetoric and Poetics, Aristotle explores persuasive speech and engages with ancient tragedy
Oct 09, 2011
HoP 048 - Constitutional Conventions - Aristotle's Political Philosophy
Aristotle's Politics responds to Plato's Republic and sets out its own ideas about the ideal state, the types of political constitution, and the role of women and slaves
Oct 02, 2011
HoP 047 God Only Knows: Aristotle on Mind and God

Drawing on the De AnimaOn the HeavensPhysics and Metaphysics, Peter tackles Aristotle’s theory of mind and its relation to his theology.

Sep 25, 2011
HoP 046 - Dominic Scott on Aristotle's Ethics
Dominic Scott discusses Aristotle's method in his Nicomachean Ethics
Sep 18, 2011
HoP 045 - The Second Self - Aristotle On Pleasure And Friendship
What place does Aristotle leave for pleasure and friendship in his vision of the good life?
Sep 11, 2011
HoP 044 - The Goldilocks Theory - Aristotle's Ethics

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics on happiness and virtue

Sep 03, 2011
HoP 043 - Classified Information - Aristotle's Biology
In his zoology, Aristotle divides and defines all kinds of animals, and so invents the science of biology
Jul 24, 2011
HoP 042 - Soul Power - Aristotle's De Anima
Aristotle's theory of soul: its functions and how it relates to the body
Jul 17, 2011
HoP 041 - Richard Sorabji on Time and Eternity in Aristotle
Richard Sorabji discusses time, eternity and mosquitos in Aristotle's Physics
Jul 10, 2011
HoP 040 - Let's Get Physical - Aristotle's Natural Philosophy
Aristotle's Physics explains change, time and place with the help of his actuality/potentiality distinction
Jul 03, 2011
HoP 039 - Form and Function - Aristotle's Four Causes
The four types of explanation: formal, material, efficient and final cause
Jun 26, 2011
HoP 038 - Down To Earth - Aristotle on Substance
Aristotle's critique of Platonic Forms and defense of his own metaphysics
Jun 19, 2011
HoP 037 - Hugh Benson on Aristotelian Method
Hugh Benson discusses Aristotle's ideas about arriving at knowledge
Jun 12, 2011
HoP 036 - A Principled Stand - Aristotle's Epistemology
Knowledge according to Aristotle's Posterior Analytics
Jun 07, 2011
HoP 035 - The Philosopher's Toolkit - Aristotle's Logical Works
Aristotle's invention of logic in the Organon (especially Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics)
May 30, 2011
HoP 034 - Mr. Know It All - Aristotle's Life And Works
Aristotle's career, corpus and unparalleled influence
May 23, 2011
HoP 033 - Last Judgments - Plato, Poetry and Myth
Plato's attack on the poets and his own use of myth in the Republic and other dialogues
May 16, 2011
HoP 032 - Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love
Frisbee Sheffield discusses Plato's erotic dialogues, including the Symposium
May 09, 2011
HoP 031 - Wings of Desire - Plato's Erotic Dialogues
Love, friendship and philosophy in the Symposium, Phaedrus and Lysis
May 02, 2011
HoP 030 - A Likely Story - Plato's Timaeus
A divine craftsman makes the cosmos from triangles in Plato's Timaeus
Apr 25, 2011
HoP 029 - What's in a Name? - Plato's Cratylus
Philosophy of language and Heraclitean flux in Plato's Cratylus
Apr 18, 2011
HoP 028 - Fiona Leigh on Plato's Sophist
Fiona Leigh discusses Plato's revised theory of Forms in the Sophist
Apr 11, 2011
HoP 027 - Second Thoughts - Plato's Parmenides and the Forms
The Third Man Argument and other criticisms of Forms in the Parmenides
Apr 04, 2011
HoP 026 - Ain't No Sunshine - The Cave Allegory of Plato's Republic
The Divided Line, Form of the Good, and Cave in Plato's Republic
Mar 28, 2011
HoP 025 - Soul and The City - Plato's Political Philosophy

Plato's Republic defends and defines justice at the level of the ideal city and the person

Mar 20, 2011
HoP 024 - Famous Last Words - Plato's Phaedo
Forms and the immortality of the soul in the Phaedo
Mar 14, 2011
HoP 023 - MM McCabe on Knowledge in Plato
MM McCabe discusses epistemology and virtue in Plato
Mar 07, 2011
HoP 022 - I Know Because The Caged Bird Sings - Plato's Theaetetus
Knowledge, relativism, and memory in the Theaetetus
Feb 28, 2011
HoP 021 - We Don't Need No Education - Plato's Meno
The Meno and Plato's theory of recollection
Feb 21, 2011
HoP 020 - Virtue Meets Its Match - Plato's Gorgias
Ethics against immoralism in a Socratic masterpiece.
Feb 14, 2011
HoP 019 - Know Thyself - Two Unloved Platonic Dialogues
Virtue and knowledge in Plato's Charmides and Euthydemus
Feb 07, 2011
HoP 018 - In Dialogue - The Life And Writings Of Plato
The life, times and dialogues of Plato
Jan 31, 2011
HoP 017 - Raphael Woolf on Socrates
Raphael Woolf discusses Socrates as presented by Plato
Jan 24, 2011
HoP 016 - Method Man - Plato's Socrates
Socratic virtue, ignorance and irony in the Platonic dialogues Socrates' claim that no one does wrong willingly
Jan 17, 2011
HoP 015 - Socrates without Plato - the Portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon
Socrates according to the comic poet Aristophanes and the historian Xenophon
Jan 10, 2011
HoP 014 - Making the Weaker Argument the Stronger - the Sophists
Rhetoric and relativism in Protagoras, Gorgias and other sophists
Jan 03, 2011
HoP 013 - Good Humor Men - the Hippocratics
Hippocrates and the relation between early Greek medicine and philosophy
Dec 27, 2010
HoP 012 - Malcolm Schofield on the Presocratics
Malcolm Schofield on Heraclitus, Parmenides and other early Greek philosophers
Dec 20, 2010
HoP 011 - All You Need Is Love, and Five Other Things - Empedocles
Love, Strife and the four elements in Empedocles
Dec 13, 2010
HoP 010 - Mind Over Mixture - Anaxagoras
Is everything mixed with everything? Anaxagoras on Mind and the cosmos
Dec 06, 2010
HoP 009 - The Final Cut - Democritus And Leuccipus
Ancient atomism as a response to Parmenides
Nov 25, 2010
HoP 008 - You Can't Get There From Here - Zeno And Melissus
Zeno's paradoxes and Melissus develop the Eleatic philosophy
Nov 22, 2010
HoP 007 - The Road Less Traveled - Parmenides
The father of metaphysics, Parmenides of Elea
Nov 15, 2010
HoP 006 - MM McCabe on Heraclitus

MM McCabe of King's discusses the fragments of Heraclitus

Nov 08, 2010
HoP 005 - Old Man River - Heraclitus
Everything changes in the riddling philosophy of Heraclitus
Nov 01, 2010
HoP 004 - The Man With The Golden Thigh - Pythagoras
Pythagoras and mathematics in ancient philosophy
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 003 - Created In Our Image - Xenophanes Against Greek Religion
The gods in Homer and Hesiod, and the critique of Xenophanes
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 002 - Infinity and Beyond - Anaximander and Anaximenes
Two early Pre-Socratics claim that the world is made of air, and the infinite
Oct 25, 2010
HoP 001 - Everything is Full of Gods - Thales

In this first episode, Peter discusses the goals of the series and Thales, the first Greek philosopher.

Oct 25, 2010