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Rule 5 for history of philosophy: take "minor" figures seriously

Rule 5: Take "minor" figures seriously

Rule 4 for history of philosophy: respect the context

Rule 4: Respect the context

Rule 3 for history of philosophy: suspect the text

Rule 3: Suspect the text

Rule 2 for history of philosophy: respect the text

Rule 2: Respect the text

Rule 1 for history of philosophy: independent discovery

I was thinking it might be an idea to suggest some guidelines encapsulating what I see as good practice in studying the history of philosophy. With any luck, these rules are exemplified, not routinely violated, by the podcast itself. These are only suggestions though: I would love to hear other ideas and start a discussion here on the website. I will be doing a series of blog post with proposed rules,

With those caveats, here is rule 1:

It's possible for the same idea to appear independently more than once

Nostalgia warning

I'm speaking at my alma mater Notre Dame this Friday (Sept 12). Come on down if you're in or near South Bend! And while I'm there I will (media gods willing) get three interviews for the forthcoming series of episodes on medieval philosophy, including one from my doctoral advisor, Stephen Gersh.



Childrens' Book Philosophy 19: Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Habituation and Moral Responsibility

"Ok, so maybe I AM lazy, but it's not really my fault. I've been lazy ever since I was a little kid, and if someone had caught it early on, maybe I wouldn't be the way I am now. I remember in preschool, when playtime was over, the teacher would tell everyone to put away their toys, and we would all sing the 'Cleanup Song' while we did it. Well, I sang the song with everyone else, but I didn't do any of the actual cleaning. So if you want to find somebody to blame for the way I am, I guess you'd have to start with the public education system." - J.

Summer break 2014

Just to note that, as mentioned at the end of episode 190, it will be followed by my annual summer break. I plan to resume service on Sept 28. There will be about 5 more episodes to go on philosophy in the recent Islamic world, and then we return to the distant past, picking up the story of early medieval philosophy in Latin Christendom. I'll be posting a tentative list of episodes on that here soon so you know what to look forward to.

World War One on the History Podcasters Collage project

Check out the latest installment of the History Podcasters collage, with 8 podcasters looking at various stories from World War One. I contributed a clip on Wittgenstein's experiences during the war.

Jonardon Ganeri discusses Indian thought

Here is an interesting interview from the NY Times with Jonardon Ganeri, who will be co-authoring the upcoming episodes on the podcast dealing with Indian philosophy.