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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HoP 265 - Time of the Signs - the Fourteenth Century

November 20th, 2016

An introduction to philosophy in the 14th century, focusing on two big ideas: nominalism and voluntarism.

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HoP 264 - Giorgio Pini on Scotus on Knowledge

November 6th, 2016

Peter hears about Duns Scotus' epistemology from expert Giorgio Pini.

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HoP 263 - One in a Million - Scotus on Universals and Individuals

October 23rd, 2016

Scotus explains how things can share a nature in common while being unique individuals.

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HoP 262 - On Command - Scotus on Ethics

October 9th, 2016

Scotus argues that morality is a matter of freely choosing to follow God’s freely issued commands.

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HoP 261 - To Will or Not to Will - Scotus on Freedom

September 25th, 2016

Scotus develops a novel theory of free will and, along the way, rethinks the notions of necessity and possibility.

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HoP 260 - Once and for All - Scotus on Being

September 11th, 2016

Duns Scotus attacks the proposal of Aquinas and Henry of Ghent that being is subject to analogy.

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Summer Reading

August 6th, 2016

How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.

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HoP 259 - Richard Cross on Philosophy and the Trinity

July 31st, 2016

Medieval discussions of the Trinity charted new metaphysical territory, as we see in this interview with Richard Cross.

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HoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist

July 17th, 2016

Philosophy is pushed to its limits to provide rational explanations of two Christian theological doctrines.

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HoP 257 - Martin Pickave on Henry of Ghent and Freedom

July 3rd, 2016

An interview with Martin Pickavé on voluntarism in Henry of Ghent.

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HoP 256 - Frequently Asked Questions - Henry of Ghent

June 19th, 2016

Henry of Ghent, now little known but a leading scholastic in the late 13th century, makes influential proposals on all the debates of his time.

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HoP 255 - Andreas Speer on Medieval Aesthetics

June 5th, 2016

Does medieval art tell us anything about medieval theories of aesthetics? Peter finds out from Andreas Speer.

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HoP 254 - Love, Reign Over Me - The Romance of the Rose

May 22nd, 2016

Sex, reason, and religion in Jean de Meun’s completion of an allegory of courtly love, the Roman de la Rose.

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