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For any technical issues concerning the website please use the technical issues page or this email form. Like bringing back to life philosophers of different epochs and traditions into a nice story line where they interact? Like Ficino discussing with Nagarjuna and Averoes on reincarnation and world soul on a banquet where Nietzsche was not invited!?
I would be the first to buy the book! Funny you should ask because when I was young, like, a teenager, I wanted to write fiction when I grew up.
But I'm not sure my talents really lie in that direction and I guess if I were going to write a novel I would pick a topic that got my head out of philosophy for a bit! Also my first choice would be Avicenna and there is already a novel about him, called The Road to Isfahan also the movie, Der Medicus.
I am a philosophy graduate student at Notre Dame. I am very grateful for this podcast.
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It's wonderful for filling in the gaps I have in my philosophy education. Do you know of any podcasts that might be able to fill in my gaps in more modern philosophy?
Hi there, nice to hear from a fellow ND philosophy grad student! Got my PhD there in , as you might know. There is a list of other such podcasts under Links below. Thank you so much for all your great work, I have been a regular listener to the podcast since and always look forward to new epsidoes being posted.
This would certainly seem to be in keeping both with your inclusion of things like mysticism in your history of philosophy, and with your treatment of similar sources in non-western traditions. It would be interesting to know how the thought of, say, the historical Jesus fit into the intellectual trends of the time. Does modern scholarship back this up? I also wondered specifically whether you considered covering the thought of St Paul, who seems to fit the bill even more closely for the kind of figure you would cover.
Your guess is right: I shied away from that feeling that it would be very contentious to include texts like the Bible or Quran in a history of philosophy podcast.
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Also difficult, given the mountains of scholarship on these texts. Insofar as I had a good reason, as opposed to cowardice, it would be that the philosophical themes in such texts wound up getting covered anyway when looking at the various figures who interpreted them. Still I think you are right that this could be done, and St Paul is a good example; people often pick up on themes in his thought that remind them of ancient philosophy, especially Stoicism.
Well, I write a regular column for Philosophy Now so I feel honor-bound to direct you towards them!
The online forum Aeon is also worth checking out, they have a lot of philosophy content curated by Nigel Warburton. Yes indeed, this is actually covered in FAQ below but the short answer is, I have a co-author lined up to do classical China and hope to do later China and Korea and Japan at some point. The commentators argued about how the balls were racked in the triangle and if chalk was truly necessary or even really blue. We now know or currently think we do that the earth is sphere of accreted matter orbiting a rather non-descript star.
Hence my question: so what does it matter what a bunch of ancients mistakenly thought? I did a great job - you could say my presentation had no gaps - but, in the end, the substance of what had been written was archaic and meaningless; it was pool tables, giraffes and blue chalk.
Help me out here! Where I give a long answer to the question of why we should care about the history of philosophy, so maybe read that and let me know if you are convinced?
Thanks for taking the time to reply. Not sure I'm any further forward.
For some perverse reason I enjoy engaging with subjects that seem beyond my understanding so will keep listening and perhaps update you on my progress ! Hi Peter, This might come to you as a fairly unusual request. My dialogue pits an atheist who is a representative of my own ideas as the author against a devout religious person although the specific religion abided by is never revealed.
Some of the particular issues I touched on in the conversation were heavily inspired by your discussions on theological philosophy of the Islamic world. This all, of course, is in conjunction with the household issues such as the problem of evil, and free will vs. I self-identity as an existentialist, and for that reason I attempt to clash these problems with the more contemporary views of Sartre and Heidegger, with the intention of drawing on their explanations of how we can have morals without God.
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It would honestly mean the world to me, and then some, since your show is essentially what motivated me to do any of this in the first place. Thanks for your time and keep making those incredible podcasts! Hi there, and thanks for your kind words about the podcast! Glad it has been so helpful to you. Maybe just email me about this and send me a couple of extracts from the book?
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My email is. In addition to covering the political narrative I also try to cover the social, economic and intellectual currents at the time. As such, as I plot out future episodes, I'm hoping to do an interview episode about Comte and Positivism. As a longtime listener of the "History of Philosophy" my first thought was to reach out to you to see if — though Positivism is many years away for you yet!
I will also recommend any reading suggestions, especially books or articles aimed at a lay audience.
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Wow, cool, I will have to check out your podcast! I'm afraid positivism is not my area and you're right that it will be a long time until I get there. I made this Album cover for your podcasts I downloaded. I thought I'd make it available to everyone, at your discretion.
Thanks but I think the uploading of the image didn't work, can you try again? Maybe send a URL link to it instead. Thanks so much!
Boy, that picture of me is from a long time ago, I had a lot less gray in my beard then I absolutely love your podcast and have been listening to it for the last few months still not caught up yet, but I'll get there! I'm really interested in the influences that the Timaeus has had through late antiquity and even into medieval philosophy. Could you recommend some further reading in regards to this?
It seems like there's absolutely no love for it today Sure, there is some good work on that. You might start with the volume " Plato's Timaeus as Cultural Icon ". This podcast was the catalyst that got me reading philosophy again and now also studying it in the university. Just letting you know that you got that on your conscience now.
I know this is a little premature but figured I'd float it anyway given the extra time I'm afforded by the summer break! Buddhist Metaphysics but a rather broad historical scope.
It occured to me that when you get to the Buddhist section in the Chinese philosophy podcasts, an interview with him might be a great way to connect your excellent podcasts on Mahayana metaphysics in India to later developments in China re. In any case, I'm sure whatever you choose to do in those podcasts will be edifying; e.
I'm really anxious to learn more about some of the areas with which I'm not very familiar like Mohism and Legalism of course I'm sure I'll also learn a ton about the areas that I kid myself that I'm somewhat familiar with, like Confuniacinism and Taoism.
Yes, that is indeed getting a bit ahead but thanks for the idea!
You did see we interviewed Priest in the India series, right? Episode No, we have actually had a number of people on more than once, like MM McCabe or John Marenbon, and in fact the next guest will be Jill Kraye who has been on before.
With Priest I was lucky that he passed through Munich, with any luck maybe he will again.
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Having listened to almost every episode of the podcast, I just want to extend my deepest gratitude for your outstanding work — to call it a pinnacle of the digital age is not an overstatement, I believe, especially in these times of misguided thought and frailty of reason. Not only have you reinvigorated my personal interest in philosophical inquiry and opened my eyes or ears, rather to areas of thought I had yet not come across, but these series have led me to further studies, guiding me to works I had otherwise probably not learned about.
I just picked up the second book in the HoPwaG series. I noticed you dedicated it to your brother, and was curious as to why?
Why that particular book rather than any of the others in the series? Does he have a particular attraction to the Hellenistic and Roman periods? Oh no, not particularly - it was mostly because he was really into listening to the podcast, so I thought he would appreciate it.
More generally I am kind of dedicating the books to one family member at a time as I go along.
Hopefully the number of family members and number of books will line up in the end! Hey Peter I'd just like to say thank you so much for your wonderful work on the podcast. I started getting into philosophy a little over a year ago when I was 17 and did som very basic research on my own which mostly included watching videos, reading wikipedia entries, and reading a few books.
I started to listen to your podcast around February of this year and I am only up to episode , but your podcast has partly inspired me to try and become a philosophy professor and I am heading off to my first year of undergraduate school this September. I plan on majoring in philosophy and then attempting to get my masters and PhD. Although I am more interested in modern philosophy I still find your podcast episodes very interesting and it has shown me that ancient and medieval philosophy can be very interesting.
I especially liked the episodes on Abelard. Thanks for making such a great impact on me and maybe if you're not done with the podcast by the time I receive my PhD and get a position at a university in 12 years or so I will be able to come on the podcast.
Thanks, that's amazing! Exceeds my wildest hopes and expectations in terms of the podcast's impact. If you haven't seen it you might want to check out this blog post I did on working towards a career in philosophy. I am not sure if we discussed the idea of "privation" anywhere in Aristotle or Thomas. Would love to finally understand it, or at least to make sure they all use it in the same way.