• 18 May 2021

    If you have been harboring an inexplicable desire to hear me speaking in German for almost two hours, here is a wide-ranging interview I just did for the Bavarian Academy of Sciences:


  • 30 April 2021

    I'm very happy to say that I have now gotten my author copies of my book on Abu Bakr al-Razi which I wrote for the "Great Medieval Thinkers" series at Oxford University Press (the same series where my book on al-Kindi appeared). To give you an idea how long I was working on this, I started it a couple of years before launching the podcast! So it's great to see it finally in finished form.

  • 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
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  • 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.


Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

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