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 292 - Say it With Poetry - Chaucer and Langland

December 31st, 2017

Philosophical themes in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” as well as Langland’s “Piers Plowman.”

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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 290 - Martin Pickavé on Emotions in Medieval Philosophy

December 3rd, 2017

Martin Pickavé returns to the podcast to talk about theories of the emotions in Aquinas, Scotus and Wodeham.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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HoP 281 - Monica Green on Medieval Medicine

July 2nd, 2017

An interview with Monica Green reveals parallels between medicine and philosophy in the middle ages.

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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 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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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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