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 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.

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HoP 299 - Robert Pasnau on Substance in Scholasticism

April 8th, 2018

Bob Pasnau joins Peter to discuss ideas about substance from Aquinas down to the time of Locke, Leibniz and Descartes.

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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 294 - Isabel Davis on Sexuality and Marriage in Chaucer

January 28th, 2018

Peter is joined by Isabel Davis to discuss marriage, sex and chastity in Chaucer, focusing on the Wife of Bath's speech.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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