Episode 43: Peter Adamson discusses the philosophy of Al-Kindi

This month, we sit down with Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich and King’s College, London. Click here to listen to our conversation with him.

Peter AdamsonAl-Kindi may not be required reading for undergraduate philosophy majors these days, but the role he played in the history of philosophy was pivotal. Working in the ninth century, he was one of the first philosophers to try to unify the ancient Greek philosophical tradition with the tenets of Islam.

Although he himself was not fluent in Greek, he was actively involved in a massive movement to translate the ancient Greek philosophical canon into Arabic. And it was this translation movement, coupled with Al-Kindi’s extensive commentaries on the texts that were being translated, which gave rise to the next phase in what we typically think of as Western philosophy: a sort of philosophical golden age in the Muslim world that lasted for centuries.

Join us as Peter Adamson walks us through Al-Kindi’s fascinating arguments against the eternity of the world and for the unity of the fundamental explanatory principle behind it!

Matt Teichman






4 responses to “Episode 43: Peter Adamson discusses the philosophy of Al-Kindi”

  1. amal Avatar

    can you send to me your conversation for al kindi.

    1. Matt Teichman Avatar

      Hi Amal,

      Are you looking for the link to the .mp3 file? You can download it here:


  2. Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton Avatar
    Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton

    This was great to listen to; very clear and concise, and really throws light on why al-Kindi is relevant. Many thanks,

    Cristina Navazo-Eguia Newton

    1. Matt Teichman Avatar

      Thanks very much! There is no substitute for the wisdom of Peter Adamson. I hope to have him on again as soon as I can.

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