Podcasts may be the most underrated medium of our era. Whatever your interest, chances are a podcast or two exist to satisfy your curiosity.
If history is your thing, these two podcasts will be right up your alley.
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
The History of Philosophy is a podcast by Peter Adamson, a philosopher who teaches at King’s College London, and who specializes in late ancient, Arabic, and Medieval philosophy.
The podcast begins... well, at the beginning. Adamson starts with the pre-Socratics, which is, essentially, the beginning of western philosophy as we know it. Over one-hundred episodes later, he works his way to modernity.
Most of the episodes are overviews of particular philosophers and their teachings, with the occasional interview thrown in. The episodes are (roughly) only twenty minutes long, so they’re easy to work into your routine.
The History of Philosophy is a brilliant and exhaustive look at how far we’ve come in our general knowledge of the world- remember that, at its inception, philosophy was an all-inclusive endeavor. Doctors, physicists and the like didn’t exist yet, so it all fell under the umbrella of philosophy. The study of the history of philosophy, then, is no less than the history of knowledge, and it’s fascinating to watch its progression in linear form.
Bonus: Bertrand Russell’s ‘A History of Western Philosophy’ makes a great companion to this podcast.
The Podcast History of Our World
Rob Monaco was a “freshly unemployed social studies teacher with a masters degree and nothing to do” until the idea for this podcast came about over a few beers with a friend. Since starting the show a mere five months ago, the show is now listened to in over 150 countries, and was named one of iTunes ‘Best of 2012,’ and for good reason.
Monaco, too, begins at the beginning- of our entire universe. The first episode deals with the Big Bang and four separate Creation myths. Monaco delivers not only his passion for history, but a refreshing and sardonic wit that’s a bit like the proverbial spoonful of sugar.
These two podcasts are a fun (and free!) way to get your knowledge on. Each host brings a unique perspective and passion to their craft. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend your time.
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