Peter Adamson's Blog

Rule 9 for history of philosophy: learn the terminology

Rule 9: Learn the terminology

Rule 8 for history of philosophy: read the whole text

Rule 8: Read the whole text

Rule 7 for history of philosophy: ask yourself why they care

Rule 7: Ask yourself why they care

Rule 6 for history of philosophy: learn some dates

Rule 6: Learn some dates

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.