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  • 8. Confucius Says: Reading the Analects

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    Lessons we can take from the teachings of Kongzi (Confucius) in the Analects: challenging authorities, adhering to “benevolence (ren),” and practicing “propriety (li)” in ritual and everyday life.

  • 447. Andrés Messmer on Spanish Protestantism

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    Yes, there were Spanish Protestants! Andrew (Andrés) Messmer joins us to explain how they drew on humanism and philosophy to argue for their religious agenda.

  • 7. Uncrowned King: Kongzi (Confucius) and the Analects

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    An introduction to Kongzi, the founder of Confucianism, and to the text that has come to represent his thought, the Lunyu (Analects).

  • 446. Not Doubting Thomas: the Aquinas Revival

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    Cajetan, Bañez and other thinkers make Aquinas a central figure of Counter-Reformation thought; we focus on their theories about analogy and the soul.

  • 6. Franklin Perkins on Excavated Texts

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    In this interview, we learn how newly discovered texts are changing our understanding of Warring States period philosophy.

  • 445. Band of Brothers: the Jesuits

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    Ignatius of Loyola’s movement begins modestly, but winds up having a global impact on education and philosophy. We also discuss casuistry and the Jesuit concept of "mental reservation."

  • 5. Going Paperless: Ancient Chinese Texts

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    What were ancient Chinese philosophical texts written on? How did writing relate to orally transmitted wisdom? How were texts read and used? And what even counted as a “text” in ancient China?

  • 444. The Dark Night Rises: Spanish Mysticism

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    Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross push the boundaries of individual spirituality and offer philosophically informed accounts of mystical experience.

  • 4. Open Season: the Historical Context

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    The historical context of classical Chinese philosophy, and how ancient Chinese historical works themselves became works of philosophy.

  • 443. Marketplace of Letters: Iberian Humanism

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    Fray Luis de Leon, Antonio Nebrija, Beatriz Galindo and other scholars bring the Renaissance to Spain.


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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