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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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 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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HoP 253 - Let Me Count the Ways - Speculative Grammar

May 8th, 2016

The “modistae” explore the links between language, the mind, and reality.

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