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HAP 09 - In You I Take Shelter - Zera Yacob
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The 17th century Ethiopian rationalist Zera Yacob, hailed as the first modern Africana philosopher.
HAP 08 - Solomon, Socrates, and Other Sages - Early Ethiopian Philosophy
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Philosophy in Ethiopia, with translations of religious and philosophical texts into Ge’ez and a national epic called the Kebra Nagast.
HAP 07 - Richard Parkinson on Egyptian Poetry
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Egyptioogist Richard Parkinson joins us to talk about the context and meaning of the Eloquent Peasant and other literary works of ancient Egypt.
HAP 05 - Father Knows Best - Moral and Political Philosophy in the Instructions
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Ethical reflection in ancient Egyptian grave inscriptions and in works of instruction, such as the Maxims of Ptahhotep and the Instructions named for Amenemope, Ani, and Merikare.
HAP 04 - Pyramid Schemes - Philosophy in Ancient Egypt
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Ancient Egyptian figures and writings including the Pyramid Texts, Imhotep, and the “first monotheist” Akhenaten reflect on the nature of things and questions of morality.
HAP 03 - Fertile Ground - Philosophy in Ancient Mesopotamia
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Do the cuneiform writings of Babylonian culture show that it had its own philosophy?
HAP 02 - It’s Only Human - Philosophy in Prehistoric Africa
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Might philosophy be as old as humankind as we know it? We investigate the implications of findings concerning the origins of humankind in Africa.
HAP 01 - Something Old, Something New - Introducing Africana Philosophy
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Chike Jeffers and Peter Adamson kick off the new series by explaining the scope and meaning of “Africana philosophy”.
HPI 62 - Kit Patrick on Philosophy and Indian History
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The host of the History of India podcast joins us for the final episode on India. Coming next: Africana philosophy!
HPI 61 - What Happened Next - Indian Philosophy After Dignaga
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A whirlwind tour of developments in Indian philosophy after Dignāga and a few words about the contemporary relevance of the tradition.
HPI 60 - The Buddha and I - Indian Influence on Islamic and European Thought
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The impact of ancient Indian thought upon the Muslim scholar al-Bīrūnī and upon European thinkers like Hume, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.
HPI 59 - Looking East - Indian Influence on Greek Thought
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Did Indian ideas play a role in shaping ancient Greek philosophy?
HPI 58 - Amber Carpenter on Animals in Indian Philosophy
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An interview with Amber Carpenter about the status of nonhuman animals in ancient Indian philosophy and literature.
HPI 57 - Learn by Doing - Tantra
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Philosophy is put into practice in Kashmir Śaivite Tantra and Buddhist Tantra.
HPI 56 - Who’s Pulling Your Strings? - Buddhaghosa
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Buddhaghosa, a major figure in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, argues against the need for a self to control and coordinate mental activities.
HPI 55 - Doors of Perception - Dignaga on Consciousness
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Dignāga argues that all perception is accompanied by self-awareness.
HPI 54 - Graham Priest on Logic and Buddhism
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Graham Priest joins Peter to discuss non-classical logic and its connections with Buddhist patterns of reasoning.
HPI 53 - Follow the Evidence - Dignaga’s Logic
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Dignāga’s trairūpya theory, which sets out the three conditions required for making reliable inferences.
HPI 52 - Under Construction - Dignaga on Perception and Language
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The great Buddhist thinker Dignāga argues that general concepts and language are mere constructions superimposed on perception.
HPI 51 - Change of Mind - Vasubandhu and Yogacara Buddhism
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Vasubandhu’s path to Yogācāra Buddhism, a form of idealism which holds that nothing can be mind-independent.
HPI 50 - Marie-Hélène Gorisse on Jain Epistemology
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We’re joined by Marie-Hélène Gorisse for a look at the Jain theory of knowledge.
HPI 49 - Well Qualified - the Jains on Truth
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Does the Jain theory of seven predications (saptabhaṇgī) land them in self-contradiction, or help them to avoid it?
HPI 48 - Taking Perspective - the Jain Theory of Standpoints
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The Jain theory of standpoints or non-onesidedness (anekāntavāda) makes truth a matter of perspective.
HPI 47 - Jan Westerhoff on Nagarjuna
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A discussion with Jan Westerhoff, an expert on the great Buddhist thinker Nāgārjuna.
HPI 46 - No Four Ways About It - Nagarjuna’s Tetralemma
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Nāgārjuna’s four-fold argument scheme, the tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi).
HPI 46 - No Four Ways About It - Nagarjuna’s Tetralemma
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Nāgārjuna’s four-fold argument scheme, the tetralemma (catuṣkoṭi).
HPI 45  - Motion Denied - Nagarjuna on Change
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Nāgārjuna applies his emptiness theory to motion, change, and cognition.
HPI 44 - It All Depends - Nagarjuna on Emptiness
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Nāgārjuna founds the Madhyāmaka (“middle way”) Buddhist tradition by “relinquishing all views” and arguing that everything is “empty.”
HPI 43 - We Beg to Differ - the Buddhists and Jains
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An introduction to philosophical developments in Buddhism and Jainism up to the time of Dignāga in the sixth century AD.
HPI 42 - In Good Taste - The Aesthetics of Rasa
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Bharata’s Nātya-Śāstra and later works from Kashmir explore the idea of rasa, an emotional response to drama, music, and poetry.
HPI 41 - Monima Chadha on Indian Philosophy of Mind
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Monima Chadha takes Peter through Buddhist-Hindu debates over mind and self.
HPI 40 - Mind out of Matter - Materialist Theories of the Self
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Pāyasi and the Cārvāka anticipate modern-day theories of mind by arguing that there is no independent soul; rather thought emerges from the body.
HPI 39 - The Wolf’s Footprint - Indian Naturalism
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The Cārvāka or Lokāyata tradition rejects the efficacy of ritual and belief in the afterlife, and restricts knowledge to the realm of sense-perception.
HPI 38 - A Day in the Life - Theories of Time
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Ancient Indian cosmology and the Vaiśeṣika defense of the reality of time and space.
HPI 37 - The Whole Story - Vaisesika on Complexity and Causation
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The Vaiśeṣika response to Buddhist skepticism about wholes made up of parts.
HPI 36 - Fine Grained Analysis - Kanada’s Vaisesika-Sutra
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The Vaiśeṣika school offers a metaphysical analysis of the world and an atomistic physics.
HPI 35 - Ujjwala Jha and V.N. Jah on Nyaya
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Prof Jah and Prof Jah discuss the theories and later influence of the Nyāya school.
HPI 34 - The Truth Shall Set You Free - Nyaya on the Mind
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Nyāya proposes that each of us has both a self and a mind, in addition to the body.
HPI 33 - Standard Deductions - Nyaya on Reasoning
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Gautama and his commentators tell us how to separate good inferences from bad ones.
HPI 32 - What You See Is What You Get - Nyaya on Perception
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Nyāya philosophers explain how perception can bring us knowledge.
HPI 31 - Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire - Gautama’s Nyaya-Sutra
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The Nyāya-Sūtra inaugurates a tradition of logical and epistemological analysis.
HPI 30 - Philipp Maas on Yoga
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A leading expert on the founding text of Yoga tells us why, when, and by whom it was written.
HPI 29 - Practice Makes Perfect - Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra
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Yoga as presented by Patañjali offers a practical complement to the Sāṃkhya theory of the cosmos and the self.
HPI 28 - Who Wants to Live Forever? - Early Ayurvedic Medicine
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Philosophical aspects of Ayurveda, focusing on the oldest surviving medical treatise, the Caraka-Samhita.
HPI 27 - The Theory of Evolution - Isvarakrsna’s Samkhya-karika
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The oldest treatise of Sāṃkhya enumerates the principles of the cosmos and of the human mind.
HPI 26 - Francis Clooney on Vedanta
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Francis Clooney joins us to discuss the religious and philosophical aspects of Vedānta.
HPI 25 - Communication Breakdown - Bhartrihari on Language
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The grammarian Bhartṛhari argues that the study of language is the path to liberation, because the undivided reality underlying language is brahman.
HPI 24 - No Two Ways About It - Sankara and Advaita Vedanta
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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.
Summer Reading
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How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.
HPI 23 - Source Code - Badarayana’s Vedanta-sutra
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The founding text of the Vedānta school, the Vedānta- or Brahma-Sūtra, interprets the Upaniṣads as teaching that all things derive from brahman.