HoP 232 - Charles Burnett on Magic

July 12th, 2015

Charles Burnett tells Peter about the role of magic in medieval intellectual life.

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HoP 231 - Origin of Species - Roger Bacon

July 5th, 2015

Roger Bacon extols the power of science based on experience and uses a general theory of "species" to explain light and vision.

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HoP 230 - A Light That Never Goes Out - Robert Grosseteste

June 28th, 2015

Translator, scientist and theologian Robert Grosseteste sheds light on the cosmos, human understanding, and the rainbow.

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HoP 229 - Do the Right Thing - Thirteenth Century Ethics

June 21st, 2015

The scholastics explore Aristotle’s ethical teaching and the concept of moral conscience.

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HoP 228 - It’s All Good - The Transcendentals

June 14th, 2015

Philip the Chancellor introduces the transcendentals, a key idea in medieval metaphysics and aesthetics.

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HoP 227 - Stayin’ Alive - Thirteenth Century Psychology

June 7th, 2015

John Blund and William of Auvergne draw on Aristotle and Avicenna to argue that the soul is immaterial and immortal.

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HoP 226 - Full of Potential - Thirteenth Century Physics

May 31st, 2015

Richard Rufus and anonymous commentators on Aristotle explore the nature of motion, time, infinity and space.

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HoP 225 - No Uncertain Terms - Thirteenth Century Logic

May 24th, 2015

The terminist logicians William of Sherwood and Peter of Spain classify the various ways that language can relate to the world.

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HoP 224 - Kent Emery on Institutions of Learning

May 17th, 2015

Kent Emery joins Peter to discuss the effects of monastic and university culture on medieval philosophy.

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HoP 223 - Straw Men - The Rise of the Universities

May 10th, 2015

The emergence of universities in Paris, Oxford, Bologna and elsewhere provide the main setting for medieval philosophy in the 13th century and beyond.

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HoP 222 - Rediscovery Channel - Translations into Latin

May 3rd, 2015

Greek and Arabic sources are rendered into Latin in a translation movement that will revolutionize medieval philosophy.

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HoP 221 - Leading Light - Hildegard of Bingen

April 26th, 2015

The life, visions, political intrigues and scientific interests of Hildegard of Bingen.

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HoP 220 - Caroline Humfress on the Roots of Medieval Law

April 19th, 2015

A discussion about Roman law and its reception in the medieval period, with ancient law expert Caroline Humfress.

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HoP 219 - Law and Order - Gratian and Peter Lombard

April 12th, 2015

Gratian and Peter Lombard help bring scholasticism to maturity by systematizing law and theology.

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HoP 218 - Two Swords - Early Medieval Political Philosophy

April 5th, 2015

The “Investiture Contest” between church and state and the first major work of medieval political philosophy, John of Salisbury’s Policraticus.

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HoP 217 - Andrew Arlig on Parts and Wholes

March 28th, 2015

Andrew Arlig joins Peter to discuss medieval discussions of mereology (the study of parts and wholes).

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HoP 216 - One of a Kind - Gilbert of Poitiers on Individuation

March 22nd, 2015

Gilbert of Poitiers proposes a unique way to explain how each individual is the individual it is.

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HoP 215 - The Medieval Podcasters

March 15th, 2015

In this special episode, Peter chats with the hosts of the History of the Crusades, History of Byzantium, and British History podcasts.

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HoP 214 - The Good Book - Philosophy of Nature

March 8th, 2015

As early medieval science blossoms, Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille personify Nature in their philosophical prose-poems.

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HoP 213 - On the Shoulders of Giants - Philosophy at Chartres

February 27th, 2015

The controversial role of Chartres in the philosophical Renaissance of the twelfth century.

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