On Monday, we told you where you can download Free Courses from Top Philosophers (Foucault, Searle, Russell and the rest). As the day went along, our list grew thanks to reader suggestions, and we also discovered another promising resource — a podcast called “The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps,” created by Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King’s College London:
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 Plato, Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.
That’s what Adamson promises, and he doesn’t disappoint. Over the past 10 months, Adamson has produced 43 episodes, each about 18 minutes long, covering the PreSocratics (Pythagoras, Zeno, Parmenides, etc) and then Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. That’s roughly 12 hours of audio, and we’re still hanging with Aristotle. So there’s no telling how many more hours of audio will eventually bring us to the medieval, early modern and modern philosophers. The more, the better, we say.
A big thanks goes to Carol and Tamas for flagging this resource.