HoP 297 - The Prague Spring - Scholasticism Across Europe

March 11th, 2018

New ideas and and new universities in Italy and greater Germany including Vienna and Prague, where Jan Hus carries on the radical ideas of Wyclif.

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HoP 296 - Morning Star of the Reformation - John Wyclif

February 25th, 2018

John Wyclif refutes nominalism and inspires the Lollard movement, which anticipated Reformation thought with its critique of the church.

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HoP 295 - The Most Christian Doctor - Jean Gerson

February 11th, 2018

Jean Gerson’s role in the political disputes of his day, the spread of lay devotion and affective mysticism, and the debate over the Romance of the Rose initiated by Christine de Pizan.

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HoP 293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

January 14th, 2018

Medieval attitudes towards homosexuality, sex and chastity, and the status of women. Authors discussed include Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Chaucer.

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HoP 291 - Alle Maner of Thyng Shall be Welle - English Mysticism

December 17th, 2017

Julian of Norwich’s Shewings and the Cloud of Unknowing lay out challenging paths to knowledge of, and union with, God.

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HoP 289 - A Wing and a Prayer - Angels in Medieval Philosophy

November 19th, 2017

Be surprised by how many philosophical problems arise in connection with angels (how many can dance on the head of a pin is not one of them).

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HoP 288 - Men in Black - The German Dominicans

November 5th, 2017

Dietrich of Freiberg, Berthold of Moosburg, John Tauler and Henry Suso explore Neoplatonism and mysticism.

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HoP 287 - Down to the Ground - Meister Eckhart

October 22nd, 2017

The scholastic and mystic Meister Eckhart sets out his daring speculations about God and humankind in both Latin and German.

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HoP 286 - On the Money - Medieval Economic Theory

October 8th, 2017

Changing ideas about money, just price, and usury, up to the time of Buridan, Oresme, and Gregory of Rimini.

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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 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 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 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 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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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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