Podcast Series Covering The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Earlier today, I posted a link to an exceptional, accessible podcast introduction to the philosophies of the ancient cynics. The whole series that that podcast comes from is a marvelous idea and the few I’ve listened to are just great. It’s called “The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps” and it’s a must listen, basically a free, amazingly thorough course in ancient philosophy so far. Here is a description of the series, which has been produced for 11 months now:

Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, “without any gaps.” Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers (eventually covering in detail such giants as PlatoAristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

Below the fold are links to all 55 podcasts produced so far, covering everything from Thales through Epicurus. On the off chance that you don’t have 17 hours to listen to all the podcasts today, bookmark this page linking to all the episodes .

Episode 1: Thales

Episode 2: Anaximander & Anaximines

Episode 3: Xenophanes

Episode 4: Pythagoras

Episode 5: Heraclitus

Episode 6: MM McCabe on Heraclitus

Episode 7: Parmenides

Episode 8: Zeno and Melissus

Episode 9: Atomists

Episode 10: Anaxagoras

Episode 11: Empedocles

Episode 12: Schofield Presocratics

Episode 13: Hippocrates

Episode 14: Sophists

Episode 15: Socrates without Plato

Episode 16: Plato’s Socrates

Episode 17: Woolf on Socrates

Episode 18: Plato’s Life and Works

Episode 19: Charmides and Euthydemus

Episode 20: Plato’s Gorgias

Episode 21: Plato’s Meno

Episode 22: Plato’s Theaetetus

Episode 23: McCabe on Plato

Episode 24: Plato’s Phaedo

Episode 25: Plato’s Republic pt.1

Episode 26: Plato’s Republic pt.2

Episode 27: Plato’s Parmenides

Episode 28: Leigh on the Sophist

Episode 29: Plato’s Cratylus

Episode 30: Plato’s Timaeus

Episode 31: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues

Episode 32: Sheffield on Platonic Love

Episode 33: Plato on Myth

Episode 34: Aristotle’s Life and Works

Episode 35: Aristotle’s Logic

Episode 36: Aristotle’s Epistemology

Episode 37: Hugh Benson on Aristotle

Episode 38: Aristotle on Substance

Episode 39: Aristotle’s Four Causes

Episode 40: Aristotle’s Physics

Episode 41: Sorabji on Aristotle

Episode 42: Aristotle on Soul

Episode 43: Aristotle’s Biology

Episode 44: Aristotle’s Ethics 1

Episode 45: Aristotle’s Ethics 2

Episode 46: Scott on Aristotle

Episode 47: Aristotle on Mind and God

Episode 48: Aristotle’s Political Philosophy

Episode 49: Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Poetics

Episode 50: Aristotle on Plato

Episode 51: Successors

Episode 52: Hellenistic Schools

Episode 53: the Cynics

Episode 54: the Cyrenaics

Episode 55: Epicurus’ Principles

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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