Munich musings

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Well I've been in Munich for about one week, and spent quite a lot of it assembling furniture and unpacking boxes. The food and weather here are both fantastic, on the bright side. I am also warming up to write episodes on late antique Christian philosophy, and still deliberating about which figures to cover in more depth. Probably Origen, the Cappadocians (especially Gregory of Nyssa), Ps-Dionysius, of course Augustine, and Boethius will get dedicated episodes with others covered more in passing.

Yannick Kilberger on 3 August 2012

Peter, how could you not

Peter, how could you not include Ambrose?! He was like an ancient Justin Bieber, anguished Milanese parents were at their wits end trying to keep their daughters to embrace a life of abstinence and I am sure he was like Obi-Wan Kenobi to Augustine.

Also we are totally missing on pictures of a dignified King's College professor wearing shorts, drinking beer and eating wieners...

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Peter Adamson on 7 August 2012

Right, I will totally include

Right, I will totally include Ambrose! But perhaps more in the way of background to Augustine rather than with, say, a whole episode on him.

Dave B. on 9 August 2012

Peter, enjoying your podcasts

enjoying your podcasts - thank you. I would like to submit a request for you to cover Maximus the Confessor. I am currently reading a book on the topic of how the concept of energeia developed from its Aristotelian beginnings all the way through antiquity, contributing to the eventual split of Christendom into East and West. Maximus appears to be an important link in that chain, and I'd love to hear what you had to say about him.


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Peter Adamson on 9 August 2012

You're actually the second

You're actually the second person to suggest spending more time on Maximus, so I will see what I can do! I agree he's important.

Hasan V. on 11 August 2012

Welcome to Munich andthe LMU

Welcome to Munich andthe LMU ))) ... your joining a great institution ;) ... Btw, beer gardens are very nice musing environments)).

Well thank you very much for your podcasts. I couldn't find the proper access to "all that" before your podcasts (I studied management and informatics) and it is very convenient but not superficial. Now I'm appreciative of the work of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. And thanks for drawing esp. Xenophanes to my attention and Plato's Meno. I've been thinking a lot about that from a Google user's perspective and the Meno was really helpful to me in that regard. Me saying this is probably very epic in this context.

Anyway, could you please announce the dates of your lectures since I'd like to attend your first one in here.

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Peter Adamson on 12 August 2012

Thanks! Nice to hear from

Thanks! Nice to hear from someone who is in this lovely city (I enjoyed one of the beer gardens today, in fact).

Probably the most interesting teaching I'm doing this coming semester is a seminar on Neoplatonism, which will be taught in German. The details are here.

Nicholas Marinides on 21 September 2012

Peter, thanks for the immense

Peter, thanks for the immense work that must go into this podcast! I just discovered it a few days ago and have listened to the first two lectures already. I am a Byzantine religious historian, and have always wanted to get a better sense of the history of philosophy than what I got from reading Will Durant when I was in high school. And the short podcast format is ideal for little snatches of time during the day between ploughing through books and articles for my dissertation.

I would like to second (or third) the request for St. Maximus. He's considered by many to be the greatest Byzantine theologian, in terms of a creative synthesis of what came before. Plus there's been an explosion in scholarship on him over the past half-century or so, so you will not be lacking in studies to consult.

Might I also suggest John of Damascus? He's important in his own right as a systematizer of the Byzantine theological and philosophical tradition, but also was read and used by Aquinas. There's a good introduction to him by Fr. Andrew Louth, formerly of Durham. I don't now if he would require a whole episode, although is theory of the nature of images would probably provide enough material and interest.

And I assume you will cover John Philoponus and his late antique Alexandrian milieu . . .

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Peter Adamson on 21 September 2012

Thanks for the input! I have

Thanks for the input! I have actually already recorded a couple of episodes on the Alexandrian school and Philoponus, they are coming up in the next few weeks. I also plan an episode on early Byzantine philosophy, to follow the Cappadocians, and have already started reading up on Maximus though at the moment I am writing about Origen and the Cappadocians. I hadn't decided what to do with John of Damascus though, that's a good point.

Thanks again!


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