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The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Podcast by Peter Adamson

The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Podcast

by Peter Adamson

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Philosophy Professor Peter Adamson hosts a series of 20 minute philosophical history lessons that endeavor to provide listeners with a more rounded approach to the subject. While Adamson does offers his expert analysis on titans like Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and other well-known thinkers, he also focuses equal scrutiny on Islamic figures such as al-Ghazali, or the Jewish mystics that contributed to Kabbalistic thought. In sum, the series offers a thorough, ever-growing and ultimately even-handed overview of how the major philosophical (and corresponding religious) traditions developed throughout human history.


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HoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 12, 2017


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



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HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockhamís Nominalism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 26, 2017


Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.



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HoP 271 - Do As Youíre Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 12, 2017


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



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HoP 270 - Render unto Caesar - Marsilius of Padua

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 29, 2017


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



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Democracy and the History of Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Jan 21, 2017


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



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HoP 269 - Our Power is Real - The Clash of Church and State

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 15, 2017


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



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HoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 01, 2017


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



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HoP 267 - After Virtue - Marguerite Porete

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 18, 2016


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



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HoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 04, 2016


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



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HoP 265 - Time of the Signs - the Fourteenth Century

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 20, 2016


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



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HoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 06, 2016


Peter hears about Duns Scotusí epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini.



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HoP 263 - One in a Million - Scotus on Universals and Individuals

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 23, 2016


Scotus explains how things can share a nature in common while being unique individuals.



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HoP 262 - On Command - Scotus on Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 09, 2016


Scotus argues that morality is a matter of freely choosing to follow Godís freely issued commands.



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HoP 261 - To Will or Not to Will - Scotus on Freedom

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 25, 2016


Scotus develops a novel theory of free will and, along the way, rethinks the notions of necessity and possibility.



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HoP 260 - Once and for All - Scotus on Being

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 11, 2016


Duns Scotus attacks the proposal of Aquinas and Henry of Ghent that being is subject to analogy.



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Summer Reading

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Aug 06, 2016


How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.



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HoP 259 - Richard Cross on Philosophy and the Trinity

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 31, 2016


Medieval discussions of the Trinity charted new metaphysical territory, as we see in this interview with Richard Cross.



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HoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 17, 2016


Philosophy is pushed to its limits to provide rational explanations of two Christian theological doctrines.



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HoP 257 - Martin Pickave on Henry of Ghent and Freedom

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 03, 2016


An interview with Martin Pickav? on voluntarism in Henry of Ghent.



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HoP 256 - Frequently Asked Questions - Henry of Ghent

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 19, 2016


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.



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HoP 255 - Andreas Speer on Medieval Aesthetics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 05, 2016


Does medieval art tell us anything about medieval theories of aesthetics? Peter finds out from Andreas Speer.



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HoP 254 - Love, Reign Over Me - The Romance of the Rose

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 22, 2016


Sex, reason, and religion in Jean de Meunís completion of an allegory of courtly love, the Roman de la Rose.



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HoP 253 - Let Me Count the Ways - Speculative Grammar

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 08, 2016


The ďmodistaeĒ explore the links between language, the mind, and reality.



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HoP 252 - Neverending Story - the Eternity of the World

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 24, 2016


Aquinas, Bonaventure, and the so-called ďLatin AverroistsĒ 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.



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HoP 251 - Masters of the University - ďLatin AverroismĒ

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 10, 2016


Did Siger of Brabant and Boethius of Dacia, who have been called ďLatin AverroistsĒ and ďradical Aristotelians,Ē really embrace a doctrine of ďdouble truthĒ?



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HoP 250 - Q&A

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 27, 2016


Peter answers listener questions on the nature of philosophy and the podcast series.



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HoP 249 - Paris When it Sizzles - the Condemnations

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 13, 2016


Two rounds of condemnations at Paris declare certain philosophical teachings as heretical. But what were the long term effects?



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HoP 248 - Scott MacDonald on Aquinas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 28, 2016


Scott MacDonald joins Peter to discuss Thomas Aquinasí views on human knowledge.



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HoP 247 - Onward, Christian Soldiers - Just War Theory

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 14, 2016


Aquinas follows medieval legal thinkers in defining the conditions under which war may be justified, and proposes his famous doctrine of double effect.



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HoP 246 - What Pleases the Prince - The Rule of Law

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 31, 2016


Natural law and political legitimacy in thirteenth century thinkers up to and including Thomas Aquinas.



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HoP 245 - What Comes Naturally - Ethics in Albert and Aquinas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 17, 2016


Natural and supernatural virtue and happiness in Thomas Aquinas and his teacher, Albert the Great.



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HoP 244 - Everybody Needs Some Body - Aquinas on Soul and Knowledge

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 03, 2016


Thomas Aquinas makes controversial claims concerning the unity of the soul and the empirical basis of human knowledge.



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HoP 243 - The Ox Heard Round the World - Thomas Aquinas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 20, 2015


An introduction to Thomas Aquinas, his views on faith and reason, and his famous ďfive waysĒ of proving Godís existence.



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HoP 242 - Therese Cory on Self-Awareness in Albert and Aquinas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 06, 2015


Therese Cory tells Peter what Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas thought about self-awareness.



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HoP 241 - The Shadow Knows - Albert the Greatís Metaphysics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 22, 2015


Albert the Greatís theory of being and his attempt to explain what changes in the human mind when we come to see God in the afterlife.



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HoP 240 - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Albert the Greatís Natural Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 08, 2015


Albert the Great earns his nickname ďuniversal doctorĒ by devoting himself to the whole of nature, from geology and botany to the study of human nature.



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HoP 239 - Catarina Dutilh Novaes on Medieval Logic

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 25, 2015


Was medieval logic ďformalĒ? Peter finds out from Catarina Dutilh Novaes.



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HoP 238 - Binding Arbitration - Robert Kilwardby

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 11, 2015


Robert Kilwardby is infamous for his ban on teaching certain philosophical ideas at Oxford, yet made contributions in logic and on the soul.



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HoP 237 - Begin the Beguine - Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 27, 2015


Two Beguine authors, Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg, deploy the tropes of courtly love in vernacular writings about their mystical experiences.



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Indian Philosophy Announcement!

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Sep 19, 2015


New feed for Philosophy in India: http://hopwag2.podbean.com/feed/



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HoP 236 - None for Me, Thanks - Franciscan Poverty

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 09, 2015


Bonaventure and Peter Olivi respond to critics of the Franciscan vow of poverty, in a debate which produced new ideas about economics and rights.



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HoP 235 - Juhana Toivanen on Animals in Medieval Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 02, 2015


Medieval ideas about what animals do and do not have in common with humans, and how we should treat them.



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HoP 234 - Your Attention Please - Peter Olivi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 26, 2015


Peter Olivi proposes that awareness occurs not through passively being affected by things, but by actively paying attention to them.



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HoP 233 - Stairway to Heaven - Bonaventure

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 19, 2015


Bonaventure argues that human knowledge depends on an illumination from God.



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HoP 232 - Charles Burnett on Magic

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 12, 2015


Charles Burnett tells Peter about the role of magic in medieval intellectual life.



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HoP 231 - Origin of Species - Roger Bacon

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 05, 2015


Roger Bacon extols the power of science based on experience and uses a general theory of ďspeciesĒ to explain light and vision.



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HoP 230 - A Light That Never Goes Out - Robert Grosseteste

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 28, 2015


Translator, scientist and theologian Robert Grosseteste sheds light on the cosmos, human understanding, and the rainbow.



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HoP 229 - Do the Right Thing - Thirteenth Century Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 21, 2015


The scholastics explore Aristotleís ethical teaching and the concept of moral conscience.



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HoP 228 - Itís All Good - The Transcendentals

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


Philip the Chancellor introduces the transcendentals, a key idea in medieval metaphysics and aesthetics.



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HoP 227 - Stayiní Alive - Thirteenth Century Psychology

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 07, 2015


John Blund and William of Auvergne draw on Aristotle and Avicenna to argue that the soul is immaterial and immortal.



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HoP 226 - Full of Potential - Thirteenth Century Physics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 31, 2015


Richard Rufus and anonymous commentators on Aristotle explore the nature of motion, time, infinity and space.



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HoP 225 - No Uncertain Terms - Thirteenth Century Logic

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 24, 2015


The terminist logicians William of Sherwood and Peter of Spain classify the various ways that language can relate to the world.



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HoP 224 - Kent Emery on Institutions of Learning

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 17, 2015


Kent Emery joins Peter to discuss the effects of monastic and university culture on medieval philosophy.



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HoP 223 - Straw Men - The Rise of the Universities

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 10, 2015


The emergence of universities in Paris, Oxford, Bologna and elsewhere provide the main setting for medieval philosophy in the 13th century and beyond.



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HoP 222 - Rediscovery Channel - Translations into Latin

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 03, 2015


Greek and Arabic sources are rendered into Latin in a translation movement that will revolutionize medieval philosophy.



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HoP 221 - Leading Light - Hildegard of Bingen

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 26, 2015


The life, visions, political intrigues and scientific interests of Hildegard of Bingen.



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HoP 220 - Caroline Humfress on the Roots of Medieval Law

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 19, 2015


A discussion about Roman law and its reception in the medieval period, with ancient law expert Caroline Humfress.



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HoP 219 - Law and Order - Gratian and Peter Lombard

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 12, 2015


Gratian and Peter Lombard help bring scholasticism to maturity by systematizing law and theology.



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HoP 218 - Two Swords - Early Medieval Political Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 05, 2015


The ďInvestiture ContestĒ between church and state and the first major work of medieval political philosophy, John of Salisburyís Policraticus.



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HoP 217 - Andrew Arlig on Parts and Wholes

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Mar 28, 2015


Andrew Arlig joins Peter to discuss medieval discussions of mereology (the study of parts and wholes).



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HoP 216 - One of a Kind - Gilbert of Poitiers on Individuation

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 22, 2015


Gilbert of Poitiers proposes a unique way to explain how each individual is the individual it is.



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HoP 215 - The Medieval Podcasters

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 15, 2015


In this special episode, Peter chats with the hosts of the History of the Crusades, History of Byzantium, and British History podcasts.



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HoP 214 - The Good Book - Philosophy of Nature

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 08, 2015


As early medieval science blossoms, Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille personify Nature in their philosophical prose-poems.



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HoP 213 - On the Shoulders of Giants - Philosophy at Chartres

Author: Peter Adamson
Fri, Feb 27, 2015


The controversial role of Chartres in the philosophical Renaissance of the twelfth century.



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HoP 212 - Like Father, Like Son - Debating the Trinity

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 22, 2015


Discussion, debate and denunciation of philosophical attempts to explain the Trinity in Abelard, Richard of St Victor and Bernard of Clairvaux.



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HoP 211 - Learn Everything - the Victorines

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 15, 2015


Hugh of Saint Victor and other scholars of the same abbey combine secular learning with spirituality.



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HoP 210 - John Marenbon on Peter Abelard

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 08, 2015


John Marenbon returns to the podcast to discuss Abelardís views on necessity and freedom..



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HoP 209 - Itís the Thought that Counts - Abelardís Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 01, 2015


Peter Abelard sets out an innovative ethical theory that identifies intentions as the core of moral life.



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HoP 208 - Get Thee to a Nunnery - Heloise and Abelard

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 25, 2015


Peter Abelard and Heloise prove themselves to be fascinating thinkers as well as star-crossed lovers.



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HoP 207 - All or Nothing - The Problem of Universals

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 18, 2015


Abelard and other logicians of the 12th century argue over the status of universals: are they words or things?



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HoP 206 - Eileen Sweeney on Anselm

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 11, 2015


Anselm expert Eileen Sweeney discusses his approach to philosophy and the devotional aspect of his works.



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HoP 205 - Somebodyís Perfect - Anselmís Ontological Argument

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 04, 2015


The most famous argument in medieval philosophy is Anselmís proof of Godís existence. But how is it supposed to work?



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HoP 204 - A Canterbury Tale - Anselmís Life and Works

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 28, 2014


Anselm offers more than his famous ontological argument, including a subtle account of human freedom.



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HoP 203 - Virgin Territory - Peter Damian on Changing the Past

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 21, 2014


Peter Damian takes up a question with surprising philosophical implications: can God restore virginity to a woman who has lost it?



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HoP 202 - Philosophers Anonymous - the Roots of Scholasticism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Dec 13, 2014


Little-known authors prepare the way for scholasticism with glosses on logic, metaphysical debate, and a poem about a cat.



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HoP 201 - Stephen Gersh on Medieval Platonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Fri, Dec 05, 2014


Stephen Gersh (who was Peterís doctoral advisor!) joins him to discuss the sources and influence of Platonism in the Middle Ages.



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HoP 200 - Jill Kraye and John Marenbon on Medieval Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Nov 29, 2014


We celebrate reaching episode 200 with a special double interview on the problem of defining medieval philosophy.



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HoP 199 - Much Ado About Nothing - Eriugenaís Periphyseon

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Nov 22, 2014


Eriugena delves into the Greek tradition to produce his masterpiece of metaphysics and theology, the Periphyseon.



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HoP 198 - Grace Notes - Eriugena and the Predestination Controversy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 16, 2014


John Scotus Eriugena debates free will with his rival Gottschalk, arguing that God predestines the saved but not the damned.



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HoP 197 - Charles in Charge - The Carolingian Renaissance

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 09, 2014


Alcuin leads a resurgence of interest in philosophy and the liberal arts at the court of Charlemagne.



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HoP 196 - Arts of Darkness - Introduction to Medieval Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


Peter launches the series of podcasts on philosophy in medieval Latin Christendom with a look ahead at whatís to come.



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HoP 195 - Anke von Ku?gelgen on Contemporary Islamic Thought

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 26, 2014


Anke von K?gelgen joins Peter to discuss developments over the last century or so, including attitudes towards past thinkers like Avicenna, Averroes and Ibn Taymiyya.



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HoP 194 - Iran So Far - After ?adr?

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 19, 2014


From Sabzaw?r? in the 19th century to Seyyed Hossein Nasr today, Iranian thinkers promote and respond to the thought of Mull? ?adr?.



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HoP 193 - All for One and One for All - Mu?ammad ĎAbd?h and Mu?ammad Iqb?l

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 12, 2014


Mu?ammad ĎAbd?h and Mu?ammad Iqb?l challenge colonialism and the traditional religious scholars of Islam.



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HoP 192 - The Stronger Sex - Women Scholars and Islam

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Fatema Mernissi and others challenge the long-standing (but not complete) exclusion of women from the intellectual traditions of Islam.



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HoP 191 - The Young Ones: Encounters with European Thought

Author: Peter Adamson
Fri, Oct 03, 2014


18th and 19th century intellectuals in India and the Ottoman empire, from Sh?h Wal? All?h to the Young Turks, continue Islamic traditions and grapple with European science.



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HoP 190 - Turkish Delights - Philosophy under the Ottomans

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 24, 2014


K?tib ?elebi defends cigarettes and coffee, in just one of several philosophical and religious debates in the Ottoman empire.



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HoP 189 - Subcontinental Drift - Philosophy in Islamic India

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 17, 2014


Ideas spread to Mughal India from Iran, and prince D?r? Shik?h seeks to unite the wisdom of the Upanishads with the Koran.



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HoP 188 - Sajjad Rizvi on Mulla Sadra

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 10, 2014


Sajjad Rizvi talks to Peter about Mull? ?adr?ís views on eternity, Godís knowledge and the afterlife.



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HoP 187 - Return to Sender - Mulla Sadra on Motion and Knowledge

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 03, 2014


Mull? ?adr? proposes that all things are like sharks: in constant motion.



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HoP 186 - To Be, Continued - Mulla Sadra on Existence

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 27, 2014


Mull? ?adr?, greatest thinker of early modern Iran, unveils his radical new understanding of existence.



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HoP 185 - Follow the Leader - Philosophy under the Safavids

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 20, 2014


Philosophy in Safavid Iran, and a look back at earlier philosophy among Shiites.



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HoP 184 - Robert Wisnovsky on Commentary Culture

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 13, 2014


Robert Wisnovsky joins Peter to discuss the enormous body of unstudied philosophical commentaries in the later Eastern Islamic world.



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HoP 183 - Family Feud - Philosophy at Shiraz

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 06, 2014


The roots of the Safavid philosophical tradition in some rather ill-tempered debates at Sh?r?z.



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HoP 182 - Aftermath - Philosophy and Science in the Mongol Age

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 29, 2014


Philosophy and science survive and even thrive through the coming of the Mongols.



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HoP 181 - By the Book - Ibn Taymiyya

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 22, 2014


The controversial jurist Ibn Taymiyya sets forth an originalist theory of law and a searching criticism of the philosophersí logic.



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HoP 180 - Proof Positive - The Logical Tradition

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Later Islamic logicians try to solve the Liar Paradox and take on the advances of Avicennaís logic.



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HoP Announcements 2

Author: Peter Adamson
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Peter announces the appearance of the first HoPWaG book and plans to cover Indian philosophy with Jonardon Ganeri.



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HoP 179 - Mohammed Rustom on Philosophical Sufism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 08, 2014


Peter is joined by Mohammed Rustom in a discussion about Sufi authors including Ibn ĎArab? and R?m?



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HoP 178 - Eyes Wide Shut - Rumi and Philosophical Sufism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 01, 2014


The Persian poet R?m? and mystical philosopher al-Q?naw? carry on the legacy of Sufism.



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HoP 177 - To Be or Not to Be - Debating Avicennaís Metaphysics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, May 24, 2014


Avicennaís distinction between essence and existence triggers a running debate among philosophers and theologians.



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HoP 176 - A Man for all Seasons - al-Tusi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 18, 2014


Na??r al-D?n al-??s?ís controversial career sees him adopt and then abandon Ism???lism, team up with the Mongols, and offer a staunch defense of Avicenna.



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HoP 175 - Bright Ideas - Illuminationism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 11, 2014


The Illuminationists carry on Suhraward?ís critique of ďPeripateticĒ philosophy and wonder if they will be reborn as giraffes.



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HoP 174 - Leading Light - Suhrawardi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 04, 2014


Suhraward?, founder of the Illuminationist (ishr?q?) tradition, proposes a metaphysics of light on the basis of his theory of knowledge by presence



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HoP 173 - For the Sake of Argument - Fakhr al-Din al-Razi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 27, 2014


The hugely influential Fakhr al-D?n al-R?z? weaves Avicenna and Islamic theology into complex dialectical treatments of time, God, the soul, and ethics.



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HoP 172 - All Things Considered - Abu l-Barakat al-Baghdadi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Apr 19, 2014


Ab? l-Barak?t al-Baghd?d? makes up his own mind about physics and the soul, and along the way inaugurates a new style of doing philosophy.



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HoP 171 - Golden Ages - The Later Eastern Traditions

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 13, 2014


An introduction to later developments in philosophical theology, sufism, and Illuminationism, focusing on the reception and critique of Avicenna.



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HoP 170 - Gad Freudenthal on Jewish Philosophy and Science

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 06, 2014


Leading scholar of medieval Jewish thought Gad Freudenthal joins Peter in a concluding episode on Andalusian thought.



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HoP 169 - A Matter of Principles - Albo and Abravanel

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 30, 2014


Joseph Albo and Isaac Abravanel critique Maimonidesí attempt to lay down foundations for the Jewish law.



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HoP 168 - Chariot of Fire - Kabbalah

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 23, 2014


The rich symbolism of the Zohar and the spiritual practices of Abraham Abluafia feature in the mystical movement known as Kabbalah.



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HoP 167 - When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Suffering in Jewish Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 16, 2014


The Book of Job provokes Saadia, Maimonides, Ibn Tibbon and Gersonides to reflect on why God allows suffering.



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HoP 166 - Tamar Rudavsky on Gersonides and Crescas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Mar 08, 2014


Tamar Rudavsky joins Peter to talk about the two great medieval Jewish thinkers after Maimonides: Gersonides and Crescas.



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HoP 165 - Neither the Time Nor the Place - Hasdai Crescas

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 02, 2014


?asdai Crescas shows Aristotelian physics whoís boss, by defending alternative conceptions of time, place and infinity.



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HoP 164 - Man and Superman - Gersonides and the Jewish Reaction to Averroes

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 23, 2014


The super-commentator Gersonides and other Jews digest the ideas of Averroes.



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HoP 163 - Burnt Offerings - The Maimonides Controversy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 16, 2014


Maimonidesí works provoke a bitter dispute among Jews in France and Spain over the relation of philosophy to Judaism.



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HoP 162 - Sarah Stroumsa on Maimonides

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Feb 08, 2014


Maimonides as a ďMediterranean thinkerĒ: Peter is joined by Sarah Stroumsa.



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HoP 161 - He Moves in Mysterious Ways - Maimonides on Eternity

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 02, 2014


Maimonides tries to settle the eternity of the world debate by declaring a draw.



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HoP 160 - The Great Eagle - Maimonides

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 26, 2014


The great Jewish philosopher and legal scholar Maimonides, and the ideas in his Mishneh Torah and Guide for the Perplexed.



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HoP 159 - With All Your Heart - Ethics and Judaism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 19, 2014


Ba?ya Ibn Paquda and Maimonides explore the ethical dimension of the Jewish scriptures and legal tradition.



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HoP 158 - Born Under a Bad Sign - Freedom and Astrology in Jewish Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 12, 2014


Abraham Ibn Ezra, Ibn Daud and Maimonides consider the philosophical implications of astrology as science flourishes in the Jewish culture of Andalusia.



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HoP 157 - Choosing My Religion - Judah Hallevi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 05, 2014


Judah Hallevi argues that Judaism has a better claim to belief than philosophy, Christianity, or Islam.



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HoP 156 - Sarah Pessin on Jewish Neoplatonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 29, 2013


Peter chats with Sarah Pessin about the Neoplatonism of Jewish philosophers such as Isaac Israeli, Ibn Gabirol, and Maimonides.



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HoP 155 - Matter over Mind - Ibn Gabirol

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 22, 2013


Neoplatonism returns in Ibn Gabriol, who controversially holds that everything apart from God has both matter and form.



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HoP 154 - The Philosophy of History - Ibn Khaldun

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 15, 2013


The historian Ibn Khald?n applies the methods of philosophy to understand the rise and fall of political regimes.



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HoP 153 - A Matter of Taste Ė Ibn Arabi and Mysticism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 08, 2013


Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, collides with philosophy in the work of Ibn ?Arab?.



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HoP 152 - Richard Taylor on Averroes

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 01, 2013


Averroes scholar Richard C. Taylor joins Peter to talk about Averroesí views on the relation between Islam and philosophy.



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HoP 151 - Single Minded - Averroes on the Intellect

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 24, 2013


Averroes defends the rather surprising notion that all of mankind shares a single intellect.



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HoP 150 - Charles Burnett and Dag N Hasse on Arabic Latin Translations

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 17, 2013


A special 150th double interview episode on the transmission of philosophy from Arabic into Latin.



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HoP 149 - Back to Basics - Averroes on Reason and Religion

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Nov 09, 2013


An introduction to ďthe CommentatorĒ Averroes, and his defense of philosophy in the Decisive Treatise.



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HoP 148 - Fantasy Island - Ibn Bajja and Ibn Tufayl

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 03, 2013


Intellect and alienation in Ibn B?jja and Ibn ?ufayl, author of the philosophical desert island castaway tale ď?ayy Ibn Yaq??n.Ē



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HoP 147 - Laying Down the Law Ė Ibn Hazm and Islamic Legal Theory

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 27, 2013


The development of Islamic law and jurisprudence (fiqh), and the many-sided output of the legal theorist Ibn ?azm.



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HoP 146 - Philosophyís Reign in Spain - Andalusia

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 20, 2013


The flowering of philosophy among Muslims and Jews in al-Andalus (Muslim-controlled Spain and Portugal).



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HoP 145 - Frank Griffel on al-Ghazali

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 13, 2013


Why did al-Ghaz?l? judge ďthe philosophersĒ to be apostates? Peter finds out from Frank Griffel.



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HoP 144 - Miracle Worker - al-Ghazali against the Philosophers

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 06, 2013


In his ďIncoherence of the Philosophers,Ē al-Ghaz?l? attacks Avicennaís theories about the eternity of the universe and insists on the possibility of miracles.



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HoP 143 - Special Delivery - al-Ghazali

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 29, 2013


Al-Ghaz?l?ís search for truth leads him to philosophy, Asharite theology, and ultimately the mystical tradition of Sufism.



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HoP 142 - Dimitri Gutas on Avicenna

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 22, 2013


Peter talks to Dimitri Gutas about Avicennaís sources, philosophical methods, and influence.



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HoP 141 - Into Thin Air - Avicenna on the Soul

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 15, 2013


With his Flying Man argument, Avicenna explores self-awareness and the relation between soul and body.



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HoP 140 - By All Means Necessary - Avicenna on God

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 04, 2013


Avicennaís proof of the Necessary Existent is ingenious and influential; but does it amount to a proof of Godís existence?



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HoP 139 - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Avicenna on Existence

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 28, 2013


Avicenna revolutionizes metaphysics with groundbreaking ideas about necessity and contingency, and his new distinction between essence and existence.



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HoP 138 - The Self-Made Man - Avicennaís Life and Works

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 21, 2013


Despite a tumultuous life, Avicenna manages to become the most influential of all medieval philosophers.



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HoP 137 - God Willing Ė the Asharites

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 14, 2013


Al-AshĎar? puts his stamp on the future of Islamic theology by emphasizing Godís untrammeled power and freedom.



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HoP 136 - Farhad Daftary on the Ismailis

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 07, 2013


Peter is joined by Farhad Daftary, a leading expert on the Shiite group known as the Ism?í?l?s.



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HoP 135 - Undercover Brothers Ė Philosophy in the Buyid Age

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 30, 2013


Miskawayh, al-ĎAmiri, al-Tawhidi, the Brethren of Purity and Ismaili missionaries bring together philosophy with Persian culture, literature and Islam.



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HoP 134 - Balancing Acts - Arabic Ethical Literature

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 23, 2013


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.



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HoP 133 - Strings Attached - Music and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 16, 2013


Peter turns DJ, with some actual music interspersed with discussion about theories of music in Arabic philosophical texts.



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HoP 132 - Eye of the Beholder - Theories of Vision

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 09, 2013


Ibn al-Haytham draws on the tradition of geometrical optics to explain the mystery of human eyesight.



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HoP 131 - Deborah Black on al-Farabiís Epistemology

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 02, 2013


Deborah Black joins Peter to talk about al-Farabiís innovations concerning knowledge and certainty.



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HoP 130 - State of Mind - al-Farabi on Religion and Politics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 26, 2013


Al-F?r?b? combines Islam and Greek sources to present the ideal ruler as a philosopher who is also a prophet.



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HoP 129 - The Second Master - al-Farabi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 19, 2013


Peter begins to look at the systematic rethinking of Hellenic philosophy offered by al-Farabi, focusing on his logic and metaphysics.



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HoP 128 - Aristotelian Society - the Baghdad School

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 12, 2013


A group of mostly Christian philosophers transpose the practices of antique Aristotelian philosophy to 10th century Baghdad.



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HoP 127 - Peter E Pormann on Medicine in the Islamic World

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 05, 2013


A double dose of Peters, as Pormann joins Adamson to discuss medicine and philosophy in the Islamic world.



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HoP 126 - High Five - al-Razi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 28, 2013


The doctor and philosopher Abu Bakr al-Razi sets out a daring philosophical theory involving five eternal principles: God, soul, matter, time and place.



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HoP 125 - Reasoned Belief - Saadia Gaon

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 21, 2013


Saadia Gaon draws on Greek philosophy and Islamic theology to provide a rational account of Jewish belief.



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HoP 124 - The Chosen Ones - Judaism and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 14, 2013


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.



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HoP 123 - Philosopher of the Arabs - al-Kindi

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 07, 2013


Al-Kind? uses Hellenic materials to discuss the eternity of the world, divine attributes, and the nature of the soul.



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HoP 122 - Founded in Translation - From Greek to Syriac and Arabic

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Mar 30, 2013


Greek philosophy and science make their way into the Islamic world via Syriac and Arabic translations and interpretations.



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HoP 121 - This is a Test - the Mutazilites

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 24, 2013


A first look at the philosophical contributions of Islamic theology (kal?m) and its political context, focusing on the Mu?tazilites Ab? l-Hudhayl and al-Na???m.



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HoP 120 - The Straight Path - Philosophy in the Islamic World

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Mar 16, 2013


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



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HoP 119 - John Marenbon on Boethius

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 10, 2013


John Marenbon joins Peter to discuss Boethiusí solution to the problem of divine foreknowledge.



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HoP 118 - Fate, Hope and Clarity - Boethius

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 03, 2013


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.



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HoP 117 - Born Again - Latin Platonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 24, 2013


Apuleius, Victorinus, Martianus Cappella, Macrobius and Calcidius present and interpret Platonic teachings for readers of Latin.



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HoP 116 - Charles Brittain on Augustineís On the Trinity

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 17, 2013


In a final episode on Augustine, Charles Brittain joins Peter to discuss On the Trinity.



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HoP 115 - Me, Myself and I - Augustine on Mind and Memory

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Feb 09, 2013


In On the Trinity Augustine explores the human mind as an image of God.



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HoP 114 - Sarah Byers on Augustineís Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 03, 2013


Peter speaks with Sarah Byers about the Stoic influence on Augustineís ethics and theory of action.



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HoP 113 - Heaven and Earth - Augustineís City of God

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 27, 2013


In his City of God Augustine traces the histories and philosophical underpinnings of two ďcities,Ē one devoted to worldly glory, the other to heavenly bliss.



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HoP 112 - Help Wanted - Augustine on Freedom

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 20, 2013


Augustine defends free will, but rejects the Pelagian claim that we can be good without Godís help.



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HoP 111 - Papa Donít Teach - Augustine on Language

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 13, 2013


Augustine argues that words are signs, but not signs that can bring us to knowledge.



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HoP 110 - Life and Time - Augustineís Confessions

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 06, 2013


In the Confessions Augustine weaves autobiography with reflections on the nature of God, man, and time.



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HoP 109 - Spreading the Word - the Latin Church Fathers

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 30, 2012


Tertullian, Lactantius, Jerome and Ambrose use and abuse Hellenic philosophy.



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HoP 108 - George Boys-Stones on the Greek Church Fathers

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 23, 2012


George Boys-Stones joins Peter to discuss philosophy in the Bible and the Greek Fathers.



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HoP 107 - Practice Makes Perfect - Christian Asceticism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 16, 2012


Christian ascetics like Antony, Macrina and Evagrius create a new ethical ideal by pushing the human capacity for self-control to its limits.



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HoP 106 - Double or Nothing - Maximus the Confessor

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 09, 2012


The early Byzantine thinker Maximus uses Aristotle to defend the orthodox view of Christís two natures



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HoP 105 - Naming the Nameless - the Pseudo-Dionysius

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 02, 2012


A mysterious author calling himself Dionysius fuses Neoplatonism with Christianity



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HoP 104 - Letís Talk Turkey - the Cappadocians

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 25, 2012


Basil of Caesarea, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus use philosophy to help the poor and to defeat their theological opponents



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HoP 103 - Fall and Rise - Origen

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Nov 17, 2012


Origen of Alexandria weaves Platonic ideas into new and controversial theological ideas



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HoP 102 - Please Accept Our Apologies - the Greek Church Fathers

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 11, 2012


Irenaeus, Clement and Justin Martyr consider the relevance of philosophy for Christianity



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HoP 101 - Father Figures - Introduction to Ancient Christian Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 04, 2012


An overview of what the Church Fathers contributed to ancient philosophy



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HoP 100 - Michael Trapp and Caroline Humfress on Ancient Culture and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 28, 2012


A special double interview celebrates reaching 100 episodes by looking at the cultural status of philosophy in the ancient world



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HoP 099 - Richard Sorabji on the Commentators

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 21, 2012


Richard Sorabji joins Peter to discuss the ancient commentators on Aristotle



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HoP 098 - For a Limited Time Only - John Philoponus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 14, 2012


John Philoponus refutes Aristotleís and Proclusí arguments for the eternity of the universe, and develops new ideas in physics.



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HoP 097 - A Tale of Two Cities - The Last Pagan Philosophers

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 07, 2012


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



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HoP 096 - Dominic OíMeara on Neoplatonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 30, 2012


Dominic OíMeara speaks with Peter about political philosophy and mathematics in Neoplatonism



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HoP 095 - Anne Sheppard on Ancient Aesthetics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 23, 2012


Anne Sheppard joins Peter to discuss aesthetics from Plato to Proclus



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HoP 094 - The Platonic Successor - Proclus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 16, 2012


Proclus displays late Neoplatonism in all its glory



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HoP 093 - Pythagorean Theorems - Iamblichus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Sep 08, 2012


Iamblichus fuses Platonism with pagan religious conviction and sets the agenda for Neoplatonism in generations to come.



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HoP 092 - King of Animals - Porphyry

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 02, 2012


Porphyry defends vegetarianism and the harmony of Plato and Aristotle



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HoP 091 - James Wilberding on Nature and Neoplatonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Aug 26, 2012


James Wilberding joins Peter to examine what Plotinus and Porphyry contributed to the philosophy of nature



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HoP 090 - A Decorated Corpse Ė Plotinus on Matter and Evil

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 22, 2012


Plotinus struggles to explain the presence of suffering, evil and ugliness in a world caused by purely good principles Ė and tells us what role we should play in that world.



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HoP 089 - On the Horizon - Plotinus on the Soul

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 15, 2012


For Plotinus, Soul is on the border between the physical and intelligible realms. Can he convince us to identify ourselves with its highest part?



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HoP 088 - Simplicity Itself - Plotinus on the One and Intellect

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 08, 2012


Plotinus posits an absolutely transcendent first principle, the One. What is it (or isnít it), and how does it relate to Intellect?



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HoP 087 - A God is My Co-Pilot - the Life and Works of Plotinus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 01, 2012


Peter introduces Plotinus, the greatest philosopher of late antiquity and the founder of Neoplatonism



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HoP 086 - Serafina Cuomo on Ancient Mathematics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 24, 2012


How did the mathematics of figures like Euclid and Archimides relate to ancient philosophy? Peter finds out in an interview with Serafina Cuomo



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HoP 085 - Sky Writing - Astronomy, Astrology, and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 17, 2012


Ptolemy uses philosophy in the service of studying the stars, while philosophers of all persuasions evaluate the widespread practice of astrology.



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HoP 084 - Silver Tongues in Golden Mouths - Rhetoric and Ancient Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 10, 2012


Themistius, Quintilian, Lucian and other authors tell us about the connections between rhetoric and late ancient philosophy



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HoP 083 - Not Written in Stone Ė Alexander of Aphrodisias

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 03, 2012


Alexander of Aphrodisias writes the greatest ancient commentaries on Aristotle and tries to demolish the Stoic teaching on fate



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HoP 082 - Lost and Found Ė Aristotelianism after Aristotle

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 27, 2012


Peter looks at the history of Aristotelianism up the time of the Roman Empire and the beginning of commentaries on his works



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HoP 081 - Jan Opsomer on Middle Platonism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 20, 2012


Jan Opsomer helps Peter to understand principles, Plato interpretation, and Plutarch in a wide-ranging discussion of Middle Platonism



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HoP 080 - Delphic Utterances - Plutarch

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 13, 2012


Plutarch was a historian, a priest of Apollo, and a Platonist



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HoP 079 - To the Lighthouse - Philo of Alexandria

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, May 06, 2012


Philo of Alexandria uses Platonism to understand the Bible of Moses



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HoP 078 - Middle Men - the Platonic Revival

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 29, 2012


Pioneering thinkers Eudorus, Alcinous, and Numenius fuse Pythagoreanism with Platonism and pave the way for Plotinus.



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HoP 077 - Caesarian Section Ė Philosophy in the Roman Empire

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 22, 2012


In late antiquity, Aristotelianism and Platonism made a comeback, and pagan philosophy developed alongside Judaism and Christianity.



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HoP 076 - R.J. Hankinson on Galen

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 15, 2012


Jim Hankinson tells Peter about the life, work and philosophical contributions of Galen



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HoP 075 - The Joy of Sects - Ancient Medicine and Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 08, 2012


Hellenistic doctors discover the nerves and argue about method; Galen passes judgment



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HoP 074 - Tony Long on the Self in Hellenistic Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Apr 01, 2012


Leading Hellenistic philosophy scholar Tony Long talks to Peter about the self, ethics and politics in the Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics



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HoP 073 - Healthy Skepticism - Sextus Empiricus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 25, 2012


Sextus Empiricus pushes skepticism to its limits with his uncompromising Pyrrhonism



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HoP 072 - Raphael Woolf on Cicero

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 18, 2012


Peter discusses Ciceroís method and philosophical allegiances with Raphael Woolf



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HoP 071 - Rhetorical Questions - Cicero

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 11, 2012


Cicero, inspired by the skepticism of the New Academy, uses his literary talents to present the wisdom of the Greeks



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HoP 070 - The Know-Nothing Party - the Skeptical Academy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 04, 2012


The Skeptical Academy attacks Stoic claims that certain knowledge is possible



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HoP 069 - Beyond Belief - Pyrrho and Skepticism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 26, 2012


Peter begins to examine ancient Skepticism, beginning with Pyrrhoís life and doctrines, or lack thereof



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HoP 068 - John Sellars on the Roman Stoics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 19, 2012


John Sellars joins Peter to discuss the Roman Stoics and their ďart of livingĒ



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HoP 067 - The Philosopher King - Marcus Aurelius

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 12, 2012


Marcus Aureliusí Meditations are a classic of Stoicism written by the most powerful philosopher who ever lived



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HoP 066 - You Can Chain My Leg - Epictetus

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Feb 05, 2012


Epictetus, greatest of the Roman Stoics, tells you how to set yourself free



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HoP 065 - Anger Management - Seneca

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 29, 2012


Seneca wields his rhetorically charged Latin to advance Stoic ethical theory



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HoP 064 - David Sedley on Stoicism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 22, 2012


David Sedley discusses the Stoic school and its evolution



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HoP 063 - Like a Rolling Stone - Stoic Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 15, 2012


The Stoic ethical theory insists that perfection is possible, and that moral responsibility is compatible with determinism



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HoP 062 - We Didnít Start the Fire - the Stoics on Nature

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 08, 2012


The Stoic cosmos: suffused with divinity, surrounded by void, and endlessly repeating



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HoP 061 - Nobodyís Perfect - the Stoics on Knowledge

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jan 01, 2012


The Stoics set out and defend an ambitious theory of knowledge, where it is possible to avoid all error



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HoP 060 - Walking on Eggshells - the Stoics on Logic

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 25, 2011


Introducing the early Stoics, Zeno, Cleanthes and Chrysippus, and their innovations in logic



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HoP 059 - James Warren on Epicureanism

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 18, 2011


James Warren chats with Peter about the pleasures of Epicureanism



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HoP 058 - Reaping the Harvest - Lucretius

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 11, 2011


In ďOn the Nature of ThingsĒ Lucretius sets Epicureanism into Latin poetic verse



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HoP 057 - Nothing to Fear - Epicureans on Death and the Gods

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Dec 04, 2011


The Epicureans reassure us against the terrors of death and punishment by the gods



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HoP 056 - Am I Bothered? - Epicurean Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 27, 2011


Pleasure is the good, according to Epicurus. But how do we live most pleasantly?



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HoP 055 - The Constant Gardener - Epicurus and his Principles

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 20, 2011


Epicurus sets out an empiricist theory of knowledge and atomist physics, in support of hedonism



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HoP 054 - Instant Gratification - the Cyrenaics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 13, 2011


The Cyrenaics, the ultimate pleasure seekers of ancient philosophy



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HoP 053 - Beware of the Philosopher - the Cynics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Nov 06, 2011


Diogenes and the other Cynics ďdeface the currencyĒ by exposing the hypocrisy of Greek society.



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HoP 052 - Fighting Over Socrates - the Hellenistic Schools

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 30, 2011


Introducing the Stoics, Skeptics, Epicureans and Cynics, the schools of the Hellenistic age



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HoP 051 - The Next Generation - the Followers of Plato and Aristotle

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 23, 2011


The Old Academy and Theophrastus carry on the legacy of Plato and Aristotle



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HoP 050 - MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf on Aristotle on Plato

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 16, 2011


Peterís colleagues MM McCabe and Raphael Woolf join him for a special 50th episode interview, to discuss Aristotleís reactions to his teacher Plato



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HoP 049 - Stage Directions - Aristotleís Rhetoric and Poetics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 09, 2011


In the Rhetoric and Poetics, Aristotle explores persuasive speech and engages with ancient tragedy



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HoP 048 - Constitutional Conventions - Aristotleís Political Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Aristotleís Politics responds to Platoís Republic and sets out its own ideas about the ideal state, the types of political constitution, and the role of women and slaves



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HoP 047 God Only Knows: Aristotle on Mind and God - copy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 25, 2011


Drawing on the†De Anima,†On the Heavens,†Physics†and†Metaphysics, Peter tackles Aristotleís theory of mind and its relation to his theology.



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HoP 047 - God Only Knows - Aristotle on Mind and God

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 25, 2011


Aristotle on the intellect, both human and divine, in works ranging from On the Soul to the Metaphysics



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HoP 046 - Dominic Scott on Aristotleís Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 18, 2011


Dominic Scott discusses Aristotleís method in his Nicomachean Ethics



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HoP 045 - The Second Self - Aristotle On Pleasure And Friendship

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Sep 11, 2011


What place does Aristotle leave for pleasure and friendship in his vision of the good life?



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HoP 044 - The Goldilocks Theory - Aristotleís Ethics

Author: Peter Adamson
Sat, Sep 03, 2011


Aristotleís Nicomachean Ethics on happiness and virtue



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HoP 043 - Classified Information - Aristotleís Biology

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 24, 2011


In his zoology, Aristotle divides and defines all kinds of animals, and so invents the science of biology



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HoP 042 - Soul Power - Aristotleís De Anima

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 17, 2011


Aristotleís theory of soul: its functions and how it relates to the body



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HoP 041 - Richard Sorabji on Time and Eternity in Aristotle

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 10, 2011


Richard Sorabji discusses time, eternity and mosquitos in Aristotleís Physics



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HoP 040 - Letís Get Physical - Aristotleís Natural Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jul 03, 2011


Aristotleís Physics explains change, time and place with the help of his actuality/potentiality distinction



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HoP 039 - Form and Function - Aristotleís Four Causes

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 26, 2011


The four types of explanation: formal, material, efficient and final cause



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HoP 038 - Down To Earth - Aristotle on Substance

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 19, 2011


Aristotleís critique of Platonic Forms and defense of his own metaphysics



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HoP 037 - Hugh Benson on Aristotelian Method

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Jun 12, 2011


Hugh Benson discusses Aristotleís ideas about arriving at knowledge



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HoP 036 - A Principled Stand - Aristotleís Epistemology

Author: Peter Adamson
Tue, Jun 07, 2011


Knowledge according to Aristotleís Posterior Analytics



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HoP 035 - The Philosopherís Toolkit - Aristotleís Logical Works

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, May 30, 2011


Aristotleís invention of logic in the Organon (especially Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics)



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HoP 034 - Mr. Know It All - Aristotleís Life And Works

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, May 23, 2011


Aristotleís career, corpus and unparalleled influence



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HoP 033 - Last Judgments - Plato, Poetry and Myth

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, May 16, 2011


Platoís attack on the poets and his own use of myth in the Republic and other dialogues



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HoP 032 - Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, May 09, 2011


Frisbee Sheffield discusses Platoís erotic dialogues, including the Symposium



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HoP 031 - Wings of Desire - Platoís Erotic Dialogues

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, May 02, 2011


Love, friendship and philosophy in the Symposium, Phaedrus and Lysis



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HoP 030 - A Likely Story - Platoís Timaeus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Apr 25, 2011


A divine craftsman makes the cosmos from triangles in Platoís Timaeus



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HoP 029 - Whatís in a Name? - Platoís Cratylus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Apr 18, 2011


Philosophy of language and Heraclitean flux in Platoís Cratylus



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HoP 028 - Fiona Leigh on Platoís Sophist

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Apr 11, 2011


Fiona Leigh discusses Platoís revised theory of Forms in the Sophist



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HoP 027 - Second Thoughts - Platoís Parmenides and the Forms

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Apr 04, 2011


The Third Man Argument and other criticisms of Forms in the Parmenides



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HoP 026 - Ainít No Sunshine - The Cave Allegory of Platoís Republic

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Mar 28, 2011


The Divided Line, Form of the Good, and Cave in Platoís Republic



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HoP 025 - Soul and The City - Platoís Political Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson
Sun, Mar 20, 2011


Platoís Republic defends and defines justice at the level of the ideal city and the person



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HoP 024 - Famous Last Words - Platoís Phaedo

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Mar 14, 2011


Forms and the immortality of the soul in the Phaedo



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HoP 023 - MM McCabe on Knowledge in Plato

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Mar 07, 2011


MM McCabe discusses epistemology and virtue in Plato



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HoP 022 - I Know Because The Caged Bird Sings - Platoís Theaetetus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Feb 28, 2011


Knowledge, relativism, and memory in the Theaetetus



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HoP 021 - We Donít Need No Education - Platoís Meno

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Feb 21, 2011


The Meno and Platoís theory of recollection



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HoP 020 - Virtue Meets Its Match - Platoís Gorgias

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Feb 14, 2011


Ethics against immoralism in a Socratic masterpiece.



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HoP 019 - Know Thyself - Two Unloved Platonic Dialogues

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Feb 07, 2011


Virtue and knowledge in Platoís Charmides and Euthydemus



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HoP 018 - In Dialogue - The Life And Writings Of Plato

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jan 31, 2011


The life, times and dialogues of Plato



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HoP 017 - Raphael Woolf on Socrates

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jan 24, 2011


Raphael Woolf discusses Socrates as presented by Plato



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HoP 016 - Method Man - Platoís Socrates

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jan 17, 2011


Socratic virtue, ignorance and irony in the Platonic dialogues Socratesí claim that no one does wrong willingly



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HoP 015 - Socrates without Plato - the Portrayals of Aristophanes and Xenophon

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jan 10, 2011


Socrates according to the comic poet Aristophanes and the historian Xenophon



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HoP 014 - Making the Weaker Argument the Stronger - the Sophists

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Jan 03, 2011


Rhetoric and relativism in Protagoras, Gorgias and other sophists



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HoP 013 - Good Humor Men - the Hippocratics

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Dec 27, 2010


Hippocrates and the relation between early Greek medicine and philosophy



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HoP 012 - Malcolm Schofield on the Presocratics

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Dec 20, 2010


Malcolm Schofield on Heraclitus, Parmenides and other early Greek philosophers



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HoP 011 - All You Need Is Love, and Five Other Things - Empedocles

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Dec 13, 2010


Love, Strife and the four elements in Empedocles



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HoP 010 - Mind Over Mixture - Anaxagoras

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Dec 06, 2010


Is everything mixed with everything? Anaxagoras on Mind and the cosmos



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HoP 009 - The Final Cut - Democritus And Leuccipus

Author: Peter Adamson
Thu, Nov 25, 2010


Ancient atomism as a response to Parmenides



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HoP 008 - You Canít Get There From Here - Zeno And Melissus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Nov 22, 2010


Zenoís paradoxes and Melissus develop the Eleatic philosophy



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HoP 007 - The Road Less Traveled - Parmenides

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Nov 15, 2010


The father of metaphysics, Parmenides of Elea



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HoP 006 - MM McCabe on Heraclitus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Nov 08, 2010


MM McCabe of Kingís discusses the fragments of Heraclitus



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HoP 005 - Old Man River - Heraclitus

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Nov 01, 2010


Everything changes in the riddling philosophy of Heraclitus



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HoP 004 - The Man With The Golden Thigh - Pythagoras

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Oct 25, 2010


Pythagoras and mathematics in ancient philosophy



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HoP 003 - Created In Our Image - Xenophanes Against Greek Religion

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Oct 25, 2010


The gods in Homer and Hesiod, and the critique of Xenophanes



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HoP 002 - Infinity and Beyond - Anaximander and Anaximenes

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Oct 25, 2010


Two early Pre-Socratics claim that the world is made of air, and the infinite



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HoP 001 - Everything is Full of Gods - Thales

Author: Peter Adamson
Mon, Oct 25, 2010


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



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