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Peter Adamson

Professor Peter Adamson

Photograph of Professor Peter AdamsonProfessor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Address Department of Philosophy
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS





Peter Adamson's primary areas of interest are late ancient philosophy and Arabic philosophy. His two monographs deal with the Arabic version of Plotinus, the so-called "Theology of Aristotle," and with al-Kindi (d. after 870 AD). He has devoted articles to several figures of the Greek tradition: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Porphyry; and numerous philosophers of the Arabic tradition, including al-Kindi, Abu Bakr al-Razi, Yahya Ibn 'Adi, Miskawayh, Avicenna, and Averroes. He has also edited several books including, most recently, "In the Age of Averroes" published by the Warburg Institute. In 2012 Prof Adamson moved to the LMU from King's College London, which is the home of a research project he oversees, on "Natural Philosophy in the Islamic World," funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He is also the host of the History of Philosophy podcast.

Professor Adamson holds a joint appointment with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During 2012-13, he will be at King's in the Spring term for a research seminar on Late Ancient Philosophy.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Late ancient philosophy, especially Neoplatonism
  • Arabic philosophy
  • Medieval philosophy

Professor Adam's is not currently accepting applications to supervise research students.

Selected publications
  • The Philosophical Works of al-Kindī, co-authored with Peter E. Pormann, Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Al-Kindī (Great Medieval Thinkers), New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the “Theology of Aristotle”, London: Duckworth, 2002.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, co-edited with Richard C. Taylor, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century (Warburg Institute Colloquia 16), London: Warburg Institute, 2011.
For a complete list of publications, please see Peter's full research profile.

Professor Adamson is not lecturing any undergraduate or taught postgraduate modules at King's College London.

Expertise and public engagement

History of Philosophy without any gaps - podcast

Peter Adamson takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, "without any gaps." Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers (eventually covering in detail such giants as Plato, Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

Philosophy Bites

Peter has also contributed to the online Philosophy Bites podcast:


Professor Adamson is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' with Melvin Bragg, and other radio broadcasts:

Online Encyclopaedia entries



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