7 - The Road Less Traveled: Parmenides

Posted on 16 January 2011

Peter  discusses the "father of metaphysics," Parmenides, and his argument that all being is one.

8 - You Can't Get There From Here: Zeno and Melissus

Posted on 16 January 2011

The paradoxes of Zeno and the arguments of Melissus develop the ideas of Parmenides and defend his Eleatic monism.

153 - A Matter of Taste: Ibn ʿArabī and Mysticism

Posted on 8 December 2013

Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam, unites with philosophy in the work of Ibn 'Arabī.

178 - Eyes Wide Shut: Rūmī and Philosophical Sufism

Posted on 1 June 2014

The Persian poet Rūmī and mystical philosopher al-Qūnawī carry on the legacy of Sufism.

179 - Mohammed Rustom on Philosophical Sufism

Posted on 7 June 2014

Peter is joined by Mohammed Rustom in a discussion about Sufi authors including Ibn 'Arabī, al-Qūnawī, and Rūmī.

24. No Two Ways About It: Śaṅkara and Advaita Vedānta

Posted on 4 September 2016

Śaṅkara and his “non-dual” (Advaita) Vedānta, which teaches that only brahman is real, and the world of experience and individual self are mere illusion.

25. Communication Breakdown: Bhartrihari on Language

Posted on 18 September 2016

The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.

26. Francis Clooney on Vedanta

Posted on 2 October 2016

Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta.

60. The Buddha and I: Indian Influence on Islamic and European Thought

Posted on 18 February 2018

The impact of ancient Indian thought upon the Muslim scholar al-Bīrūnī and upon European thinkers like Hume, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.