• 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.

  • 5 September 2019

    Ok folks, BIG NEWS, volume 4 of the podcast books is now out, this one on Medieval Philosophy. And you don't have to wait long for volume 5 on Indian Philosophy, we already are correcting the page proofs...

  • 13 August 2019

    "The Dissenter" is a series of videos on philosophical topics by Ricardo Lopes. In this new episode I discuss the origins of philosophy with him, in case anyone needs something to tide them over while the podcast is on summer break!

  • 12 August 2019
    Thanks to Yashi Jiang for preparing this version of the first episode on philosophy in the Islamic world with Chinese translation! He will be translating further episodes and putting them on YouTube.
  • 12 August 2019

    Here is my latest column for the magazine "Philosophy Now," about Aquinas and the Indian philosopher Shankara, and how both thought philosophy could be pursued while presupposing principles of religious belief. So this is part, like, five hundred of my attempt to show that religion and philosophy are not mutually exclusive (see also "rule 14" of my 20 rules for history of philosophy).

  • 5 July 2019

    Here is a blog post I have just done for the New Statesman, on representations of women in ancient philosophical text. Focuses on Plato's Menexenus and the dialogue starring Macrina, by her brother Gregory of Nyssa. Of course it is a much bigger topic! For the whole story (or at least, more of the story) you could check out the series of videos I did on women thinkers in antiquity and the middle ages.

  • 3 July 2019

    Chike and I are planning ahead concerning the book version of the podcast series on Africana philosophy and have to decide between publishing it as one volume or two. If one volume it would be quite long, probably around 100 chapters, but all in one place so to speak. If we split the material into two volumes they will obviously be shorter, about the length of "Classical Philosophy," one on Africana philosophy before the 20th century, one on Africana philosophy in the 20th century. This would mean the first volume's worth of material could come out sooner.

  • 19 June 2019

    I came across this lovely quote re-reading a piece by Elisa Freschi on Mimamsa philosophy:

    "The probability that a theory is preposterous and naive is lower than the probability that we do not fully understand it."

    Words to live by.

  • 12 June 2019

    Jonardon and I have now been given a specific date for the publication of Classical Indian Philosophy, the book based on the podcast series we did on Indian thought: if all goes well it will come out in March 2020! And before that Medieval Philosophy should appear in September, I have already seen the page proofs.

  • 23 May 2019

    This coming Sunday (May 26, 2019) Chike and I will be launching part two of the series on Africana philosophy; the overview page for these episodes is already up and has general further reading suggestions. To whet your appetite here is our current thinking on what will be covered. Note that some topics/figures will probably get more than one episode (e.g. Douglass) and that this is a tentative list that may change as we go along.

  • 1 May 2019

    Hey North Americans! You should now being able to listen to both feeds of the podcast on Google Play (service not available outside N America). Here are the links:


  • 28 April 2019

    One of the leading figures in the story we've been telling about Africana Philosophy has been Kwame Gyekye; recently the sad news of his passing has been announced. For me learning about his work in the field of African thought was a revelation because I knew him previously only as the author of some important works on the reception of Aristotelian logic in Arabic.

  • 13 April 2019

    Since the series on Byzantine philosophy is drawing to a close (it will end with episode 327), it's time to look forward to the series on Renaissance philosophy! It will launch June 30. I have already been reading up for it and consulted some expert advice, plus received lots of great suggestions from listeners here on the website and on social media. So here is the tentative list of episodes not including interviews.


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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