• 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.

  • 29 January 2020
    Here now is the (hopefully) final version of the program for our conference on Women Intellectuals in Antiquity, at Keble College Oxford, Feb 15-16.
    Note the link at the bottom for registration.

    Saturday 15 February 2020


    9.15am Registration and Coffee/Tea


    9.45am Welcome

  • 27 January 2020

    Guess what I got in the post today? My author copies of HoPWaG volume 5, on Classical Indian philosophy, of course written together with Jonardon Ganeri.

  • 22 January 2020

    I just had an exchange with Sandrine Berges (@sandrineankara) on Twitter about Diotima, who appears in Plato's Symposium espousing a theory of love and beauty that is strongly linked to Plato's theory of Forms.

  • 8 January 2020

    You can now register for "Women Intellectuals in Antiquity," a symposium to be held at Keble College in Oxford on Feb 15-16.

    Organized by Ursula Coope, Katharine O'Reilly, Jenny Rallens, and me.

  • 21 November 2019

    Some of you may remember that in summer 2019 I gave a series of lectures at my alma mater, Notre Dame. These are now online if you want to view them, the topic of the three lectures is “Don’t Think for Yourself: Faith and Authority in Medieval Philosophy.”

  • 1 November 2019

    Hi HoPWaG fans, I have an important favor to ask. In connection with the funding of the project, I need to document the impact the podcast has had on the wider world. So I'm looking for stories about things like: the effect it has had on the way philosophy is taught and studied (e.g. inclusion of non-western topics); testimony of the impact it has had on you personally or on groups you're connected to; use of the podcast in surprising ways (like maybe to teach English) or, really, anything else you can think of.

  • 25 October 2019

    "TrueSciPhi Radio" from Kelly Truelove (@truesciphi on Twitter) will be playing the entirety of HoPWaG (original feed followed by Indian and Africana episodes) starting later today, 9 am central US time. It will take 7.4 days to play all the episodes!

  • 10 October 2019

    Here is an announcement of two openings at my institute here in Munich, for researchers to join the ERC funded project I am running on Philosophy of Animals in the Islamic World. We're looking for a PhD student to work on animals in medicine and philosophy, and a postdoc to work on al-Jahiz's Book of Animals.

  • 10 October 2019

    Here is an announcement of a call for papers, for a conference I'm organizing together with Jenny Rallens, Katharine O'Reilly, and Ursula Coope. Please get in touch if you might be interested in giving a paper, and if you just want to attend then mark your calendar!


    Women Intellectuals in Antiquity

    15-16 February 2020, Keble College, Oxford


  • 2 October 2019
  • 16 September 2019

    If anyone is in or near South Bend Indiana next week, please come along to hear me give some lectures about authority and belief in medieval philosophy! The three events will be this year's "Conway Lectures". Would love to meet some podcast listeners there.

  • 13 September 2019
    I appear as a guest on the latest episode of the Ipse Dixit podcast hosted by Brian Frye discussing the philosophical significance of Islamic law, especially the question of "independent judgment (ijtihād)": and "uncritical acceptance (taqlīd)." If you can't make it to my lectures at Notre Dame later this month, this would be a chance to hear some of the ideas I'll be discussing.

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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