Boy there's a lot of philosophy

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I am usually about 10 scripts ahead of the podcasts you're hearing, in terms of what I'm writing. (At least, that's the plan...) So at the moment I am writing about philosophy in the Islamic world in the 18th-20th centuries. As you might imagine there is quite a lot of it, and "no gaps" is not really on the cards. But I hope I will be able to give at least a representative survey of some interesting trends. I've been particularly fascinated by something that happened in the late Ottoman empire, where two movements, the Young Ottomans and Young Turks, were inspired by European philosophy to pursue a political agenda of secularization which help gave rise to the ideology of the new Turkish state. That is in the most recent script I've written; now I'm just starting to work on women philosophers in Islam and have been reading books by the fascinating Fatima Mernissi (who I believe will be the first thinker I cover in the podcast who is still alive!).

At the same time I am laying down plans for the next big chunk of podcasts which is philosophy in medieval Christendom, starting with the Latin world and then moving on to Byzantium. I think Latin medieval will take me at least 60 episodes, there is a nearly endless supply of fascinating figures, movements and topics to cover. I could probably do 150 episodes on it, to be honest, but I will try to restrain myself (for one thing it needs to fit into a book). I've been greatly helped already by some experts in the field who have offered generous comments on my list of prospective episodes.

Actually if you look through the existing episodes you'll see that many of them have a note of thanks to other scholars who have given advice or read draft scripts. I have been really impressed at the readiness of other academics to give up their time to help me out - it is great to see that academics, generally speaking, just love their subject and want to help people learn about it and thus help me to get things right!

Jeremy Pierce on 20 July 2014

Why not fit it into two

Why not fit it into two books? Are you relaxing your standards for what counts as a gap? I'd like to see as much detail and gaplessness as you had for the ancients.

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Peter Adamson on 21 July 2014

ctually I think there may be

ctually I think there may be more detail than with the ancients, if anything (and the resulting book will be bigger). I'm not compromising the rule, don't worry! Still I think it needs to be one book, it is a lot to ask people to buy two volumes just to get through medieval philosophy.

Yannick Kilberger on 21 July 2014

By all means do not restrain

By all means do not restrain yourself Peter. I can find my way to buying ten books if that can help. Hell, I would even be willing to part with some of my dubloons to further the enterprise if Baron Leverhulme ever turns stingy.

Darragh on 1 August 2014

Great to see that you'll be

Great to see that you'll be covering the Young Turks as I have recently been reading about them, in particular figures such as Abdullah Cevdet.
I actually initially thought that I would lose interest in philosophy when it passed the ancient Greeks, how naive I was!
Thanks for your work and I am looking forward to reading your book on Al Kindi, it's next on my reading list.

Chris Weber on 22 August 2014

I'm happy to hear this Peter.

I'm happy to hear this Peter. I just started listening about 6 months ago and I'm almost caught up. I do go back through older episodes and will surely continue to do that - I can't get enough!

A swedish Peter on 23 August 2014

Word can't describe how much

Word can't describe how much I love your podcast. Even the philosophers I thought I had a reasonable good grasp on I always manage to find some new take or some new perspectives on in your episodes. And your wonderful suggestions regarding further reading always reveal at least one really remarkable book, at least in the episodes that makes me want to read more (and they are many). When you at last reach the end of history (the now) you must go on and anticipate future philosophers and treat them like they were born a long time ago. You can call it "The Future of Philosophy without any Gaps". There must philosophic fiction to draw upon. This podcast experience must never end. And by the way, you must write "The Philosophy of Buster Keaton".

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Peter Adamson on 24 August 2014

Thanks! I was actually

Thanks! I was actually thinking that when I get to the early 20th century, it would be awfully tempting to do an episode on Keaton.

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