• 7 March 2011

    Went today to a really interesting talk by Hugh Benson, who is visiting King's for a few months as a Leverhulme visiting research professor. He was arguing that Socrates (as presented in Plato's elenctic dialogues) encourages us to seek wisdom by learning from those who already know -- this is more controversial than it might sound! Anyway it was great. If you're in the London area, he will also be giving two further talks, next Monday and the Monday after, feel free to get in touch to find out more details.

  • 4 March 2011

    It's now possible to subscribe to receive notifications every time a new episode is uploaded to the podcast. Just click the relevant button on the top page of this website.

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  • 3 March 2011

    Check out another podcast, hosted by one of our philosophy students at King's and featuring interviews with other King's philosophers: "Philosophers to Tea." Available here.

  • 2 March 2011

    The 3rd John Ackrill Memorial Lecture in Ancient Philosophy

    10th Mar 2011 5:00pm


    Ideas of moral conscience in antiquity and their later effects

    Brasenose, Oxford, Lecture Room XI

  • 24 February 2011

    This year it is on April 7-8, at York University. Looks like a great line-up, including a paper by my colleague from King's and podcast favorite MM McCabe:


  • 19 February 2011

    Here's an announcement of an interesting conference on philosophy in the Abrahamic traditions.

  • 17 February 2011

    Just to note that today I appeared on "In Our Time", the BBC Radio 4 program hosted by Melvyn Bragg, to talk about the great medieval Jewish philosopher and jurist Maimonides:


    It's a good opportunity to hear what I sound like without the benefit of a script or an editor taking out the mistakes. The two other guests are John Haldane and Sarah Stroumsa.

  • 10 February 2011

    March 8, at the Institute of Philosophy here in London, talks on Leibniz and Hobbes. Featuring my colleague from King's, Maria Rosa Antognazza. For the program go to:


  • 7 February 2011

    I thought I would use this blog to announce and discuss history of philosophy events in London (or if anyone else wants to use this website to make similar announcements, go for it). Today my friend and colleague Frisbee gave a talk at the Aristotelian Society on the Phaedrus, arguing that this dialogue by Plato provides what some people find missing in Plato: an account of interpersonal friendship (philia). I'll actually be interviewing her about Plato's erotic dialogues later in the series, probably episode 32 (I plan to do 16 episodes on Plato total, believe it or not).

  • 26 January 2011

    Before I get going with proper blog posts, I'd like to thank numerous people for their help with this project. Firstly Julian Rimmer, for offering to design this website, for doing such a good job with it, and for helping me come to grips with it!

    Secondly, my production assistant Rory O'Connell -- it's thanks to him that the podcast sounds as good as it does and that you don't hear me frequently stumbling over my words (he edits the stumbles out).

  • 16 January 2011

    Hello and thank you for visiting the website and, indeed, blog of the History of Philosophy podcast! Along with our Facebook page this website will provide you with a chance to have your say about the History of Philosophy. As I mention in the episodes on Plato, there is good reason for thinking that philosophy is done in dialogue and not in monologue.


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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