History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

This month’s featured website is Professor Peter Adamson’s ‘History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps’ website.


Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London (and at the LMU in Munich). His podcasts, all about 20 minutes in length , take listeners through the history of philosophy, “without any gaps.”

Peter starts off with the Pre-Socratics, works through Socrates and Plato, and Aristotle, the Hellenistic Period, Later antiquity and Ancient Christianity. He includes a whole series on Islamic philosophy – sadly neglected in our logico-analytic tradition.

The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of all the major traditions of antiquity.

Adamson has recently written a book: Classical Philosophy, published by Oxford University Press.

He also writes a blog with suggestions, hints and tips for studying history of philosophy effectively (for example ‘Take ‘Minor’ Figures seriously’ and ‘As yourself why they care’). I think his suggestions are spot on.

Do yourself a favour: listen to one or two of these podcasts. I bet you’ll find yourself listening to them all!

About Marianne

Marianne is Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education
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