HoP 369 - The Harder They Fall - Galileo and the Renaissance

March 28th, 2021

Did Galileo’s scientific discoveries grow out of the culture of the Italian Renaissance?

HoP 367 - Brian Copenhaver on Renaissance Magic

February 28th, 2021

Our guest Brian Copenhaver joins us to explain how Ficino and other Renaissance philosophers thought about magic.

HoP 365 - Spirits in the Material World - Telesio and Campanella on Nature

January 31st, 2021

Was the natural philosophy of Bernardino Telesio and Tommaso Campanella the first modern physical theory?

HoP 359 - There and Back Again - Zabarella on Scientific Method

November 8th, 2020

Jacopo Zabarella outlines the correct method for pursuing, and then presenting, scientific discoveries.

HoP 358 - Of Two Minds - Pomponazzi and Nifo on the Intellect

October 25th, 2020

Pietro Pomponazzi and Agostino Nifo debate the immortality of the soul and the cogency of Averroes’ theory of intellect.

HoP 347 - Bonfire of the Vanities - Savonarola

April 19th, 2020

The prophetic preacher Girolamo Savonarola attacks pagan philosophy and puts forward his own political ideas, before coming to an untimely end.

HoP 344 - The Count of Concord - Pico della Mirandola

March 8th, 2020

Pico della Mirandola argues for the harmony of the ancient authorities, draws on Jewish mysticism, and questions the value of humanist rhetoric.

HoP 342 - Denis Robichaud on Plato in the Renaissance

February 9th, 2020

An interview with Denis Robichaud on how, and why, Plato was read in the Italian Renaissance.

HoP 340 - Footnotes to Plato - Marsilio Ficino

January 12th, 2020

Marsilio Ficino’s revival of Platonism, with a focus on his proofs for the soul’s immortality in his magnum opus, the Platonic Theology.

HoP 336 - We Built This City - Christine de Pizan

November 17th, 2019

Christine de Pizan's political philosophy, epistemology, and the refutation of misogyny in her "City of Ladies".

HoP 300b - The Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Today

May 6th, 2018

Peter King, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and Russ Friedman discuss their approaches to medieval philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.

HoP 298 - Renaissance Men - Ramon Llull and Petrarch

March 25th, 2018

The Renaissance ideals of humanism and universal science flourish already in the medieval period, in the works of Petrarch and Ramon Llull.

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.

HoP 285 - Dominik Perler on Medieval Skepticism

September 24th, 2017

The medievals were too firm in their beliefs to entertain skeptical worries, right? Don't be so sure, as Peter learns from Dominik Perler.

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.

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.

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.

HoP 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham

April 9th, 2017

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

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.

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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