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The results are now in from the 150th episode quiz. Of 60 entrants, only one got all 20 questions right: Graeme Andrews, who astonishingly enough was also the only person to get all the questions right on the 100th episode quiz! So he has successfully defended his title and will now receive copies of both volume 1 and 2 of the HoPWaG books (due out in 2014 and 2015, so he has to be patient). To spread the joy around a free copy of volume 1 will also go to Michael Wernecke, who has been randomly selected from the five runners-up, all of whom got 19 out of 20 correct.
Peter will regularly post short texts from the history of philosophy here, for general discussion. You can find all the previous texts and discussion threads below. Thanks for taking part!
In these episodes Peter examines the thought of Muslim, Jewish and Christian philosophers, writing in Arabic, Hebrew and Persian, from the 9th century down to modernity. Islamic theology (kalam) is also considered. Major figures covered include al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Ghazali, Averroes, Ibn 'Arabi, Suhrawardi, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, and Mulla Sadra, but as always considerable attention is devoted to lesser-known figures and movements.
For general bibliography see the top page of each sub-menu:
In this part of the series, Peter examines the philosophy of the Hellenistic age (from the death of Aristotle until roughly the 1st century BC) and late antiquity (until roughly the 5th c. AD). Major topics covered include the Hellenistic schools (the Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics) Neoplatonism, and ancient Christian thought.
Classical Greek philosophy begins in the eastern Mediterranean in the 6th century BC, with the earliest thinkers of the city of Miletus. Along with later figures such as Heraclitus and Parmenides, they are the Pre-Socratics, who put forth pioneering speculations about the natural world, knowledge, and the gods. Things take a more ethical turn with Socrates, with his relentless questioning which challenges other citizens of Athens to give an account of their values.