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Anaxagoras on the Gunkiness of Reality

Anaxagoras on the Gunkiness of Reality

The Presocratic philosophers are famously strange; but Anaxagoras, who saw the universe as essentially gunky, is one of the strangest.

Anna Ezekiel on Günderrode, Identity and Doing Philosophy Differently

Anna Ezekiel on Günderrode, Identity and Doing Philosophy Differently

Philosopher Anna Ezekiel talks about Karoline von Günderrode, and about the German philosopher's distinctive philosophy of free will, identity and death.

Navigating Wisdom with Aristotle (Wisdom #2)

Navigating Wisdom with Aristotle (Wisdom #2)

In this class, we're exploring Aristotle's ideas of theoretical and practical wisdom, heading on perilous Atlantic sea voyages, and asking about what it means not just to know stuff, but also to act wisely.

Jing Jiang on Politics, Gender and Weaving

Jing Jiang on Politics, Gender and Weaving

Jing Jiang is one of the earliest women in Chinese recorded history to engage in philosophical debate. She was a thinker with a keen grasp of politics, and a considerable skill in argument.

Parmenides on Truth and Opinion

Parmenides on Truth and Opinion

Parmenides is one of the most elusive and enigmatic of all early Greek philosophers. Could he really have been arguing that nothing ever changed? And if so, why?

Anaximander and the Boundlessly Creative Universe

Anaximander and the Boundlessly Creative Universe

The philosopher Anaximander was born in the trading port of Miletus in 610 BCE, and is said to have become a student of the philosopher Thales. His philosophy explored questions of creation and destruction in nature.

Plato: Organist to the Beasts

Plato: Organist to the Beasts

A story from a 13th century Persian text about music, harmony, philosophy, catatonic animals, and the beef between Plato and Aristotle.

Gārgī Vācaknavī, the Eloquent Philosopher

Gārgī Vācaknavī, the Eloquent Philosopher

Gārgī Vācaknavī was a philosopher who is said to have lived in India around 700 BCE, and whose skill in debate was legendary.

On the Virtues of Cats

On the Virtues of Cats

John Gray's Feline Philosophy, Daoism and a medieval Chinese debate on the virtues of cats.

Guan Zhong the Reformer

Guan Zhong the Reformer

Guan Zhong was one of China's earliest named philosophers. A sharp political operator, he rose from poverty to become Chancellor of the state of Qi. He is associated in particular with the philosophy of legalism.

The Secret Teachings of Pythagoras

The Secret Teachings of Pythagoras

Pythagoras was the first philosopher to talk about 'philosophia', or 'the love of wisdom.' He set up a philosophical community where he taught the transmigration of souls, and the centrality of mathematics for an understanding of the universe.

Fire and Flow: the Philosophy of Heraclitus

Fire and Flow: the Philosophy of Heraclitus

Heraclitus's philosophy was based on the idea that the world is in continual flux. He is famous above all for his mysterious comment that 'everything flows.'