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 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.

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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 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.

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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 280 - Get to the Point - Fourteenth Century Physics

June 18th, 2017

Ockham, Buridan, Oresme and Francis of Marchia explore infinity, continuity, atomism, and the impetus involved in motion.

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HoP 279 - Quadrivial Pursuits - the Oxford Calculators

June 4th, 2017

Bradwardine and other thinkers based at Oxford make breakthroughs in physics by applying mathematics to motion.

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HoP 278 - Sara Uckelman on Obligations

May 21st, 2017

Sara Uckelman soundly defeats Peter in the medieval logical game of "obligations."

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HoP 277 - Trivial Pursuits - Fourteenth Century Logic

May 7th, 2017

The scholastics discuss the ambiguity of terms, the nature of logical inference, and logical paradoxes, and play the game of “obligations.”

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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 275 - Keeping it Real - Responses to Ockham

April 9th, 2017

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

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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.

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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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HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism

February 26th, 2017

Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.

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HoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy

February 12th, 2017

William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought.

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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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