• 413. Don’t Be So Sure: French Skepticism

    Posted on 29 January 2023

    The sources and scope of the skepticism of Montaigne, Charron (pictured), and Sanches.

  • 116. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on Cabral

    Posted on 22 January 2023

    Two scholars of the same name join us to shed further light on freedom fighter and political theorist Amílcar Cabral.

  • 412. Not Matter, But Me: Michel de Montaigne

    Posted on 15 January 2023

    In his Essays Montaigne uses wit, insight, and humanist training to tackle his favorite subject: Montaigne.

  • 115. Weapon of Choice: Amílcar Cabral

    Posted on 8 January 2023

    Amílcar Cabral, leader of a revolution against colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, rethinks culture and Marxist theory as bases for his struggle.

  • 411. Pen Pals: Later French Humanism

    Posted on 1 January 2023

    Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon, and Guillaume du Vair grapple with history and the events of their own day.

  • 114. Teacher Taught Me: Julius Nyerere

    Posted on 25 December 2022

    The first leader of independent Tanzania grounds his socialist ideas in traditional African values.

  • 410. Ann Blair on Jean Bodin's Natural Philosophy

    Posted on 18 December 2022

    A chat with Ann Blair about the "Theater of Nature" by Jean Bodin, and other encyclopedic works of natural philosophy. (Pictured: Prof Blair holding the annotated copy of Bodin's Theatrum she describes in the episode.)

  • 113. A Fighting God: Black Theology

    Posted on 11 December 2022

    After Albert Cleage and James Cone propose a liberatory interpretation of Christianity, William R. Jones wonders whether God is a white racist. We also follow Black Theology among “Womanist” authors and in South Africa.

  • 409. One to Rule Them All: Jean Bodin

    Posted on 4 December 2022

    The polymath Jean Bodin produces a pioneering theory of political sovereignty along the way to defending the absolute power of the French king.

  • 112. Poems That Kill: the Black Arts Movement

    Posted on 27 November 2022

    African American literature of the late 1960s reflects the Black Power movement, in the works of such authors as Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Sonia Sanchez.

  • 26 April 2021

    Ok, that title pretty much explains it, but here is the link to me doing just that: discussing Avicenna's views on God and the soul, on the "Partially Examined Life"!

  • 25 April 2021
    Right on time for the launch of the series on philosophy in the Reformation, the front page of this website has just ticked over 10 million hits!
  • 21 April 2021
    Interested in pursuing ancient philosophy at Master's level? Check out our MA specifically on this topic, here in Munich!
  • 20 March 2021

    As promised, here is a tentative episode list for the upcoming series of episodes (63 in total) on "Philosophy in the Reformation" which is shorthand for philosophy in the northern Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, and Catholic/Counter Reformation. Basically, the goal is to cover philosophy around Europe (excluding Italy, which we already did, though we will return there a bit to cover figures like Cajetan) between roughly 1400 and 1600. As you'll see from the list my plan is to organize the material geographically.

  • 18 March 2021

    I have just recorded the first two episodes of the upcoming series on Philosophy in the Reformation: an introduction and a look at the impact of the printing press. (These will be published on April 25 and May 9.) A full list of projected episodes is coming soon!

  • 16 March 2021

    It turns out that without noticing it, I have released 500 episodes of the History of Philosophy podcast! We're only up to 367 in the main series but if you include the Indian and Africana series, then the 500th episode was actually number 366 on Renaissance magic. I think Ficino would be pleased.

    And thanks to my Uncle Fred for pointing this out.

  • 10 March 2021

    In this new blog post HoPWaG co-author Jonardon Ganeri asks "What is Philosophy?"

  • 17 February 2021
    Today German radio (Deutschlandfunk) did a show on Avicenna, and I was interviewed for it, which was then translated into German.
  • 25 January 2021

    Many thanks to Rafael Abuchedid who has translated one of my articles,"One of a Kind: Plotinus and Porphyry on Unique Instantiation," into Spanish. It's here free online, in two parts:


  • 3 January 2021

    As you'll have noticed we are just about up to the year 1900 in the Africana Philosophy series, which means we'll soon be launching into the third, and by far most extensive, section of that series. It will make for a whole book's worth of episodes, beginning on Jan 24 with episode 68. Here is our tentative list of episodes, which will surely change a bit as we go along; suggestions welcome! Please note that interviews are not included in the list.

  • 24 December 2020

    Very pleased to direct your attention to this new publication: Dimitrios Vasilakis, Eros in Neoplatonism and its Reception in Christian Philosophy: Exploring Love in Plotinus, Proclus and Dionysius the Areopagite, from Bloomsbury Press! This is based on a PhD dissertation written under my supervision at King's College London.

  • 23 December 2020

    I was featured in today's issue of the Süddeutsche Zeitung! Complete with a slightly embarrassing picture of me looking suitably contemplative.



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