HoP 309 - Hooked on Classics - Italos and the Debate over Pagan Learning

October 7th, 2018

The trial of John Italos and other signs of Byzantine disquiet with the pagan philosophical tradition.

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HoP 308 - Dominic O’Meara on Michael Psellos

September 23rd, 2018

Dominic O'Meara speaks to Peter about Michael Psellos, focusing especially on his political philosophy.

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HoP 307 - Consul of the Philosophers - Michael Psellos

September 9th, 2018

Michael Psellos and his attitude towards pagan philosophy and the political life.

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HoP 306 - Collectors’ Items - Photius and Byzantine Compilations

July 29th, 2018

Photius, “the inventor of the book review,” and other Byzantine scholars who preserved ancient learning.

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HoP 305 - Andrew Louth on John of Damascus

July 15th, 2018

Peter is joined by Andrew Louth for a discussion of John of Damascus and his theological use of philosophy.

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HoP 304 - Behind Enemy Lines - John of Damascus

July 1st, 2018

John of Damascus helps to shape the Byzantine understanding of humankind and the veneration of images, despite living in Islamic territory.

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HoP 303 - Don’t Picture This - Iconoclasm

June 17th, 2018

Is it idolatry to venerate an icon of a saint, or of Christ? The dispute leads the Byzantines to ponder the relation between an image and its object.

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HoP 302 - On the Eastern Front - Philosophy in Syriac and Armenian

June 3rd, 2018

Eastern Christian philosophy outside of Constantinople, focusing on translation and exegesis in the languages of Syriac and Armenian.

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HoP 301 - The Empire Strikes Back - Introduction to Byzantine Philosophy

May 20th, 2018

We begin to look at the third tradition of medieval philosophy, in which the heritage of classical antiquity is preserved and debated by the Byzantines.

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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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