April Arrivals

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant, born April 22, 1724. Around that time we'll be re-broadcasting our 2022 episode featuring Sarah Lai Stirliand's Roving Philosophical Report on some of the difficulties faced by the organizers of a tricentennial conference in Kant's hometown in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. April is also the birth month of several other philosophers we've featured on the program over the years. So for This Month's Playlist we've put together a lineup of philosophers—including an earlier episode on Kant from 2005—whose birthdays straddle the Aries/Taurus divide: Thomas Hobbes (April 5, 1588), Marcus Aurelius (April 26, 161), David Hume (April 26, 1711), and Ludwig Wittgenstein (April 26, 1889).

April Arrivals

Episode Title Guest Related Content

Hobbes and the Ideal Citizen

Alison McQueen, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University Hobbes and the Absolute State


Peter Gilgen, Associate Professor of German Studies, Cornell University The Dark Allure of Idealism

Marcus Aurelius

Rachana Kamtekar, Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University Who Wants to Be a Stoic?


Don Garrett, Professor of Philosophy, New York University Immortality: Hume and Boswell


Juliet Floyd, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University Why I am not a Wittgensteinian