HoP 284 - Seeing is Believing - Nicholas of Autrecourt’s Skeptical Challenge

August 13th, 2017

The debate between Nicholas of Autrecourt and John Buridan on whether it is possible to achieve certain knowledge.

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HoP 283 - Jack Zupko on John Buridan

July 30th, 2017

Peter speaks to Jack Zupko about John Buridan's secular and parsimonious approach to philosophy.

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HoP 282 - Portrait of the Artist - John Buridan

July 16th, 2017

The hipster’s choice for favorite scholastic, John Buridan, sets out a nominalist theory of knowledge and language, and explains the workings of free will.

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HoP 281 - Monica Green on Medieval Medicine

July 2nd, 2017

An interview with Monica Green reveals parallels between medicine and philosophy in the middle ages.

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HoP 280 - Get to the Point - Fourteenth Century Physics

June 18th, 2017

Ockham, Buridan, Oresme and Francis of Marchia explore infinity, continuity, atomism, and the impetus involved in motion.

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HoP 279 - Quadrivial Pursuits - the Oxford Calculators

June 4th, 2017

Bradwardine and other thinkers based at Oxford make breakthroughs in physics by applying mathematics to motion.

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HoP 278 - Sara Uckelman on Obligations

May 21st, 2017

Sara Uckelman soundly defeats Peter in the medieval logical game of "obligations."

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HoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic

May 7th, 2017

The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.”

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HoP 276 - Back to the Future - Foreknowledge and Predestination

April 23rd, 2017

Scotus, Ockham, and Bradwardine ask how we can be free if God knows and chooses the things we will do in the future.

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HoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham

April 9th, 2017

Walter Burley flies the flag for realism against Ockham and other nominalists.

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HoP 274 - Susan Brower-Toland on Ockham’s Philosophy of Mind

March 26th, 2017

An interview with Susan Brower-Toland covering Ockham's views on cognition, consciousness, and memory.

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HoP 273 - What Do You Think? - Ockham on Mental Language

March 12th, 2017

How the language of thought relates to spoken and written language, according to William of Ockham.

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HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism

February 26th, 2017

Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.

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HoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy

February 12th, 2017

William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought.

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HoP 270 - Render unto Caesar - Marsilius of Padua

January 29th, 2017

In his book Defender of the Peace, Marsilius of Padua develops new theories of representative government, rights, and ownership.

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Democracy and the History of Philosophy

January 21st, 2017

Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy.

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HoP 269 - Our Power is Real - The Clash of Church and State

January 15th, 2017

Giles of Rome and Dante on the rival claims of the church and secular rulers.

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HoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri

January 1st, 2017

Italy’s greatest poet Dante Alighieri was also a philosopher, as we learn from his Convivio and of course the Divine Comedy.

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HoP 267 - After Virtue - Marguerite Porete

December 18th, 2016

Marguerite Porete is put to death for her exploration of the love of God, The Mirror of Simple Souls.

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HoP 266 - Tom Pink on the Will

December 4th, 2016

A conversation with Tom Pink about medieval theories of freedom and action.

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