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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Author: Peter Adamson

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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.
362 Episodes
Aristotle’s works are edited, printed, and translated, leading to new assessments of his thought among both humanists and scholastics.
The blurry line dividing humanism and scholastic university culture in the Italian Renaissance.
Leon Battista Alberti, Benedetto Cotrugli, and Poggio Bracciolini grapple with the moral and conceptual problems raised by the prospect of people getting filthy rich.
Tommaso Campanella’s “The City of the Sun” and other utopian works of the Italian Renaissance describe perfect cities as an ideal for real life politics.
Bruni, Poggio, Machiavelli, and Guicciardini explore political ideas and historical method in works on Roman and Italian history.
Leading Machiavelli scholar Quentin Skinner joins Peter to discuss morality, history, and religion in the Prince and the Discourses.
Peter celebrates reaching 350 episodes by explaining a single sentence in Machiavelli's "Discourses."
Machiavelli’s seminal work of political advice, "The Prince," tells the ruler how to be strong like a lion and cunning like a fox.
Did “civic humanism” really make republicanism a newly dominant political theory in the Italian Renaissance?
The prophetic preacher Girolamo Savonarola attacks pagan philosophy and puts forward his own political ideas, before coming to an untimely end.
An interview with Cecilia Muratori, an expert on the surprisingly modern ideas about non-human animals that emerged in the Renaissance.
Pico della Mirandola and Giannozzo Manetti praise humans as the centerpiece of the created world. But what about the other animals?
Pico della Mirandola argues for the harmony of the ancient authorities, draws on Jewish mysticism, and questions the value of humanist rhetoric.
Jewish philosophers in Renaissance Italy, focusing on Leone Ebreo’s Dialogues of Love, the Averroism of Elijah del Medigo, and Italian Kabbalah.
An interview with Denis Robichaud on how, and why, Plato was read in the Italian Renaissance.
Ficino describes a “Platonic” love purified of sexuality, prompting a debate carried on by Pico della Mirandola, Pietro Bembo, and Tullia d’Aragona.
Marsilio Ficino’s revival of Platonism, with a focus on his proofs for the soul’s immortality in his magnum opus, the Platonic Theology.
The blossoming of Renaissance Platonism under the Medici, who supported the scholarship of Poliziano, Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola.
Refutation of misogyny in Moderate Fonte and Lucrezia Marinella.
Cassandra Fedele, Isotta Nogarola, and Laura Cereta seek fame and glory through eloquence and learning.
Comments (24)

inKin ?

You said women and slaves would be excluded from the benefits of the ideal city, that is untrue, they would be excluded from the rights and duties of citizenship, but their lives would still be as orderly, productive, leisurely, and fulfilling as the conditions of the city could permit. Hierarchy certainly facilitates oppression, as monarchy facilitates tyranny, or democracy facilitates mob-rule, but it does not necessitate oppression. A just ruler acknowledges the limitations as well as the abilities of the ruled.

Sep 27th

aamir lone

woul u send links of free pdf books which would b beneficial for reading and understanding these lectures. my mail id is

Apr 14th

Alexandra Estrella

This is so much fun!!! I can’t stop listening. Thanks for this production.

Jan 31st

Anoop Ramakrishna

One aspect of physics that appears to be missing in this treatment of Zeno's paradoxes is that the world, i.e time and space, is being treated as continuous and not discrete. We know now that the shortest length possible is the Planck Length implying the world is no longer continuous and thus there are no longer an infinity of steps to take to reach a half way point. It is an exceedingly large number of steps, but they all take a very small amount of time to traverse. Thus we side step any necessity of the treatment of infinities and infinitesimals altogether.

Dec 4th
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Sylvie Yiting Lian

Love this podcast, and the awesome deadpan cheesy lame jokes.

Oct 3rd

Jose Ordonez

I am so greatful for this podcast and the time you have invested in producing it . I will get your books, for sure.

Sep 28th

Alencar dos S. Vieira

This podcast has a big problem. It's takes too long to have new episodes. I'm waiting for Nietzsche.

Jul 23rd

Will Shogren

the corniest motherfucker on the internet.

Jul 8th
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Mikkel Thøgersen

This is the best thing on the internet

May 1st

Terence Hales

Hi Love your podcast. in Pod 227  16:45 minutes in you say. "Body is nothing but an external tool for the body" Is that what you meant to say? If it was what do you mean by that or, was it a speako? /t.hales

Apr 10th
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Terence Hales

"Body is nothing but an external tool for the body" Pod 227  16:45. Did you really mean to say that or was it a speako (like typo only say it)

Apr 10th

Cristian Butusina

Amazing podcast, it has all that I could wish for: explains the ideas, the context, compares to other philosophers, concise but covering a lot, shows how ideas developed in time and adds some humour. Also the right difficulty for me (only had a philosophy course in high-school) since I can understand and remember the basics after listening to an apisode once or twice.

Apr 8th

Terence Hales

Hi... love your podcast!!! just going through them as a matter interest. had a bit of concern about this podcast. maybe you touch on it another time. PODCAST 207 You say that being human is the same in all people but becomes particularised. etc. quite muddled, considering the diversity of use of word human, humane, humanity, human rights etc. It seems a quite muddled attempt to define what we are. Calling it a status is better however would be better to replace word human with word homosapiens which would avoid much confusion. Using human in the sense of explaining a universal was quite muddled as the word in itself is used far more contexts than I have a body. For example we say inhumane treatment of animals. not that was an ungiraffe thing to do..

Mar 27th

Terence Hales

Anke V K named many books only in Arabic during her Podcast. 😡

Mar 21st

Shel Silver

BTW, rereading my June 3 comment in light of someone having appreciated it, it strikes me that I might, & possibly ought to, have begun or concluded, but in any case clarified & completed my remarks with something like the acknowledgement that follows: I am grateful for the increadibly thorough, detailed, generously free offerings of this podcast series, Whatever it's conscious or unententional, knowing or unknowing lacunae, omissions, presuppositions, or distortions, which btw in my view NO ACCOUNT can ever completely avoid, I appreciate both its actual cost in effort & missed opportunity; as well as it's inellectually ample outcome. Thx to it's makers! Shel

Jul 12th

Shel Silver

Listening to, & immediately afterwards, considering this 1st episode of more than 300 prompted me to wonder what, if anything, might historically further & better explain our culure's knowledge & habbit of beginning it's accounts of of tightly reasoned thinking about the observed general phenomenal world presumed to be beyond immediate everyday human agency-in 2600 year-old Greek-language fragments that are (apparently) speculative reflections re nature. To which, I ask, if just for "openers", why Greek? Put another way, what was it about 6th cent BC Ionia has made some if it's best, literate thinkers, "our" perennial models 4 intellectual achievemant. And btw, who are the implied we? Furthermore, why not earlier in the Eastern Med or elsewhere on the planet? Also curious to know what if anything, the urban, commercial, tho comparatively small scale charcter of the places where such accounts of philosophy typically begin? Did or have others like it, elsewhere--either B4 or since 600BC Ionia had (or still have) anything intrinsically to do with intellectual production like that chaacteristic of what we now call "philosophy". Wouldnt more such questions extend, & deepen the few implicit claims & explicit lines of inqiry opened above? I offer the effort, tho obviosly more gesture than project, & hardly unique, to help historically clarify & interrogate Episode #1's opening allusions of doubt re the Greek orrigins of philosophy, typical as it may also be. This habit or trope of grounding or anyway implying that a serious & thorough, global history of philosophy "naturally" must begin in 6th century BC needs itself to be justified, i..e., precisely situated by careful argument & even debate into both it's supposed geo-historical mother lode & (I'd guess) it's authentic, intellectual womb, the high medieval European universities where the disciplines & curriculae of philosophy were developed.

Jun 3rd

Noah Fechter

I love this goal. an imperfect one as always but still one extraordinary, wonderful body of thought :)

Feb 26th

Gareth Squire

What a wonderful resource for us commuters. Thank you :-)

Feb 8th
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