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#Series  Episode
1. podcast imageHoP 001 - Everything is Full of Gods - Thales
22 minutes
In this first episode, Peter discusses the goals of the series and Thales, the first Greek philosopher.
2. podcast image003: All That Matter(s) Part 1
18 minutes
This episode and the following episode focus on the beginnings of Western philosophy in the Ionian city of Miletus. Part 1 is on Thales, the first known philosopher of the Greek tradition. | I also have an exciting announcement at the end about the upcoming Intelligent Speech Conference!
3. podcast imageHoP 002 - Infinity and Beyond - Anaximander and Anaximenes
18 minutes
Two early Pre-Socratics claim that the world is made of air, and the infinite
4. podcast image004: All That Matter(s) Part 2
22 minutes
This episode continues Part 1's discussion of the first Greek philosophers with Anaximander ("father of cosmology") and Anaximenes (sadly, no catchy title) of Miletus. 
5. podcast imageHoP 004 - The Man With The Golden Thigh - Pythagoras
20 minutes
Pythagoras and mathematics in ancient philosophy
6. podcast imagePythagoras
42 minutes
Melvyn Bragg and guests Serafina Cuomo, John O'Connor and Ian Stewart discuss the ideas and influence of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans.The Ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras is probably best known for the theorem concerning right-angled triangles that bears his name. However, it is not certain that he actually developed this idea; indeed, some scholars have questioned not only his true intellectual achievements, but whether he ever existed. We do know that a gro...
7. podcast image005: That One Thing From Grade School Math
24 minutes
This episode focuses on Pythagoras of Samos (c. 590 - c. 470 BCE) - the man, the primarily myth, the legend with a golden thigh. A surprisingly controversial figure, what do we know or not know about the namesake for one of the most well-known theorems in all of mathematics?
8. podcast imageBonus 1: The Most Epic Math Club Ever
32 minutes
This is a bonus episode on Pythagoreanism, AKA the Most Epic Math Club Ever. A religious cult and school of mathematics combined, Pythagoreanism has had a lasting impact on science and philosophy. I'll discuss the religious influences on Pythagoreanism, early Pythagorean beliefs, some of the most famous early Pythagoreans, its link to medieval European education, and its influence on some key thinkers during the Renaissance period. Join me this episode and learn how mathematics can purify your immortal soul...
9. podcast imageThe Pythagoreans' Metaphysical Account - Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book 1 - Sadler's Lectures
10 minutes
This lecture discusses the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle' work, the Metaphysics, focusing on his discussion in book 1 of the Pythagoreans' metaphysical account and doctrines, which viewed everything as either numbers or functions of numbers.
10. podcast imageHoP 005 - Old Man River - Heraclitus
19 minutes
Everything changes in the riddling philosophy of Heraclitus
11. podcast imageHoP 006 - MM McCabe on Heraclitus
21 minutes
MM McCabe of King's discusses the fragments of Heraclitus
12. podcast imageHeraclitus
42 minutes
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Writing in the 5th century BC, Heraclitus believed that everything is constantly changing or, as he put it, in flux. He expressed this thought in a famous epigram: "No man ever steps into the same river twice." Heraclitus is often considered an enigmatic thinker, and much of his work is complex and puzzling. He was critical of the poets Homer and Hesiod, whom he considered to be ignorant, and accused the mathematician Pythagoras (...
13. podcast image006: He's Always Changing His Mind
24 minutes
Can you step in the same river twice? This episode will give an answer to this question by discussing Heraclitus, the "philosopher of flux". I'll focus mostly on his doctrines of flux and the unity of opposites, but also mention some of his writings on ethics, politics, and theology. Supposedly self-taught and quite critical of earlier thinkers, Heraclitus would influence a number of important Greek philosophers. 
14. podcast imageHoP 007 - The Road Less Traveled - Parmenides
18 minutes
The father of metaphysics, Parmenides of Elea
15. podcast imageRaymond Tallis on Parmenides
15 minutes
Parmenides was one of the most important pre-Socratic philosophers. Raymond Tallis discusses his ideas and influence in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
16. podcast image007: He Never Changes His Mind
28 minutes
Let's get metaphysical! This episode focuses primarily on Parmenides (6th - mid-5th century BCE), the "father of metaphysics". He believed that a lot of what we see and believe in (concepts such as creation and movement) are actually an illusion and that reality is unchanging.  | I'll discuss Parmenides's theory, argument, and influence and take some side-trips into the philosophy of physics - looking at theories of what was before the Big Bang and (my favourite topic) the nature of time!
17. podcast imageHoP 008 - You Can't Get There From Here - Zeno And Melissus
18 minutes
Zeno's paradoxes and Melissus develop the Eleatic philosophy
18. podcast imageThe Popperian Podcast #4 – Robin Attfield – ‘Pre-echoes of Popper - Xenophanes and Parmenides’
71 minutes
This episode of the Popperian Podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Robin Attfield. They speak about the life and work of the pre-Socratic philosophers Xenophanes and Parmenides, how Xenophanes in particular has been unjustly...
19. podcast imageZeno's Paradoxes
47 minutes
In a programme first broadcast in 2016, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Zeno of Elea, a pre-Socratic philosopher from c490-430 BC whose paradoxes were described by Bertrand Russell as "immeasurably subtle and profound." The best known argue against motion, such as that of an arrow in flight which is at a series of different points but moving at none of them, or that of Achilles who, despite being the faster runner, will never catch up with a tortoise with a head start. Aristotle and Aquinas engaged with the...
20. podcast image008: To Infinity and Absurdity
23 minutes
This episode is on Zeno of Elea (born c. 490 BCE) - student of Parmenides, namesake of the quantum Zeno effect, and originator of some puzzling paradoxes. I'll focus on Zeno's arguments against plurality and his paradoxes of motion as recorded by Simplicius and Aristotle.
21. podcast imageMonad 5: Zeno and his Paradoxes
18 minutes
Is motion really possible?
22. podcast imageHoP 009 - The Final Cut - Democritus And Leuccipus
18 minutes
Ancient atomism as a response to Parmenides
23. podcast imageMaterialism
42 minutes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Materialism in Philosophy – the idea that matter and the interactions between matter account for all that exists and all that happens. We trace the descent of materialism from the ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Epicurus, to its powerful and controversial flowering in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as an attack on religion. It’s provocative stuff even today and certainly was in 1770 when Baron D’Holbach published his book The System of Nature. He wrote: "If we go...
24. podcast image009: The Original Atomic Age
26 minutes
Welcome to Season 2! This episode is on the original atomists, Leucippus and Democritus, and their original atomic theory from way back in the 5th century BCE. I discuss the nature of the void and ancient atoms, how they relate to the matter we can also sense, and how this theory relates to some of the work discussed earlier in the podcast (especially the work of Parmenides).
25. podcast imageHoP 010 - Mind Over Mixture - Anaxagoras
19 minutes
Is everything mixed with everything? Anaxagoras on Mind and the cosmos
26. podcast image011: Mix and Mingle Like Nothing is Single
26 minutes
This episode is about Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, the final Presocratic I'm planning on covering! He thought there was a little bit of everything in everything and that mind set the universe in motion. He also did some observational science and is credited as the first to correctly explain the cause of eclipses.
27. podcast imageHoP 011 - All You Need Is Love, and Five Other Things - Empedocles
17 minutes
Love, Strife and the four elements in Empedocles
28. podcast image010: It's Elementary
22 minutes
This episode is about Empedocles, who tried to solve the Parmenidean problem in a different way than his near contemporaries - the atomists. Empedocles launched the ancient Greek theory of the four classical elements (earth, air, fire, and water).
29. podcast imageHoP 012 - Malcolm Schofield on the Presocratics
23 minutes
Malcolm Schofield on Heraclitus, Parmenides and other early Greek philosophers
30. podcast imageEp. 41: Presocratic Metaphysics (Part I)
50 minutes
In this episode, Giuseppe and Anthony begin to discuss several metaphysical concepts associated with the Presocratics -- including substance, change, number, and being. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/publicphilosophyproject.... For questions or suggestions: [email protected]
31. podcast imageEp. 42: Presocratic Metaphysics (Part II)
55 minutes
In this episode, Giuseppe and Anthony continue their conversation on concepts within Presocratic metaphysics -- including substance, change, number, and being. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/publicphilosophyproject.... For questions or suggestions: [email protected]
32. podcast imagePatrick Lee Miller Part 1: Reason, from the Presocratics to the Modernists | Razão
72 minutes
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33. podcast imageEpisode 118: Ep.131 The Pre-Socratics: Permanence and Change
22 minutes
This week everything changes, or does it? Is change inevitable? What do we build on that might provide a solid foundation for our identity and understanding of the world? Join Mike and Danny as they turn and face the strain. Enjoy a relaxing trip through Miletus noting, as we go, Thales and the Pre-Scratics on our left. You know what? This time we are going to stop and get out, actually spend some time with these guys, grab a glass of wine and chill. After all, what else have we got to do?
34. podcast imageEpisode 119: Ep. 132 Permanence and Change part 2
24 minutes
This week, what have the gods ever done for us? Join Mike and Danny in Thales hot tub where everything is water but full of bubbles and not always the good kind. Yes, it’s time to get back to basics, strip away the unnecessary and discover the very foundations of reality. Will you do the necessary prep work, sand down, clean and fill all those annoying little holes and cracks or will you simply slap a coat of paint on over the dirt and hope for the best? We, of course, plan to build our city on rock n roll ...
35. podcast image01/02/2021: Barbara Sattler on Paradoxes as Philosophical Method and their Zenonian Origins
54 minutes
Barbara Sattler is professor for ancient and medieval philosophy at Bochum University, and has taught at St. Andrews, Yale, and Urbana-Champaign before. The main areas of her research are issues in metaphysics and natural philosophy in the ancient Greek world, especially in the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle. She focuses on the philosophical processes through which central concepts of metaphysics and natural philosophy, such as space or speed, arise in Greek antiquity. By showing that such concepts were...