• 413. Don’t Be So Sure: French Skepticism

    Posted on 29 January 2023

    The sources and scope of the skepticism of Montaigne, Charron (pictured), and Sanches.

  • 116. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on Cabral

    Posted on 22 January 2023

    Two scholars of the same name join us to shed further light on freedom fighter and political theorist Amílcar Cabral.

  • 412. Not Matter, But Me: Michel de Montaigne

    Posted on 15 January 2023

    In his Essays Montaigne uses wit, insight, and humanist training to tackle his favorite subject: Montaigne.

  • 115. Weapon of Choice: Amílcar Cabral

    Posted on 8 January 2023

    Amílcar Cabral, leader of a revolution against colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, rethinks culture and Marxist theory as bases for his struggle.

  • 411. Pen Pals: Later French Humanism

    Posted on 1 January 2023

    Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon, and Guillaume du Vair grapple with history and the events of their own day.

  • 114. Teacher Taught Me: Julius Nyerere

    Posted on 25 December 2022

    The first leader of independent Tanzania grounds his socialist ideas in traditional African values.

  • 410. Ann Blair on Jean Bodin's Natural Philosophy

    Posted on 18 December 2022

    A chat with Ann Blair about the "Theater of Nature" by Jean Bodin, and other encyclopedic works of natural philosophy. (Pictured: Prof Blair holding the annotated copy of Bodin's Theatrum she describes in the episode.)

  • 113. A Fighting God: Black Theology

    Posted on 11 December 2022

    After Albert Cleage and James Cone propose a liberatory interpretation of Christianity, William R. Jones wonders whether God is a white racist. We also follow Black Theology among “Womanist” authors and in South Africa.

  • 409. One to Rule Them All: Jean Bodin

    Posted on 4 December 2022

    The polymath Jean Bodin produces a pioneering theory of political sovereignty along the way to defending the absolute power of the French king.

  • 112. Poems That Kill: the Black Arts Movement

    Posted on 27 November 2022

    African American literature of the late 1960s reflects the Black Power movement, in the works of such authors as Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Sonia Sanchez.


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.

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