Democracy and the History of Philosophy

January 21st, 2017

Peter muses on recent political events in light of the history of philosophy.

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Summer Reading

August 6th, 2016

How to fill the month of August while the podcast is on summer break. Buy the book versions of the podcast at Oxford University Press.

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HoP 248 - Scott MacDonald on Aquinas

February 28th, 2016

Scott MacDonald joins Peter to discuss Thomas Aquinas' views on human knowledge.

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HoP 247 - Onward, Christian Soldiers - Just War Theory

February 14th, 2016

Aquinas follows medieval legal thinkers in defining the conditions under which war may be justified, and proposes his famous doctrine of double effect.

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HoP 246 - What Pleases the Prince - The Rule of Law

January 31st, 2016

Natural law and political legitimacy in thirteenth century thinkers up to and including Thomas Aquinas.

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HoP 245 - What Comes Naturally - Ethics in Albert and Aquinas

January 17th, 2016

Natural and supernatural virtue and happiness in Thomas Aquinas and his teacher, Albert the Great.

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HoP 244 - Everybody Needs Some Body - Aquinas on Soul and Knowledge

January 3rd, 2016

Thomas Aquinas makes controversial claims concerning the unity of the soul and the empirical basis of human knowledge.

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HoP 243 - The Ox Heard Round the World - Thomas Aquinas

December 20th, 2015

An introduction to Thomas Aquinas, his views on faith and reason, and his famous “five ways” of proving God’s existence.

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HoP 242 - Therese Cory on Self-Awareness in Albert and Aquinas

December 6th, 2015

Therese Cory tells Peter what Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas thought about self-awareness.

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HoP 241 - The Shadow Knows - Albert the Great’s Metaphysics

November 22nd, 2015

Albert the Great’s theory of being and his attempt to explain what changes in the human mind when we come to see God in the afterlife.

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HoP 240 - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - Albert the Great’s Natural Philosophy

November 8th, 2015

Albert the Great earns his nickname “universal doctor” by devoting himself to the whole of nature, from geology and botany to the study of human nature.

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HoP 239 - Catarina Dutilh Novaes on Medieval Logic

October 25th, 2015

Was medieval logic "formal"? Peter finds out from Catarina Dutilh Novaes.

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HoP 238 - Binding Arbitration - Robert Kilwardby

October 11th, 2015

Robert Kilwardby is infamous for his ban on teaching certain philosophical ideas at Oxford, yet made contributions in logic and on the soul.

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HoP 237 - Begin the Beguine - Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg

September 27th, 2015

Two Beguine authors, Hadewijch and Mechthild of Magdeburg, deploy the tropes of courtly love in vernacular writings about their mystical experiences.

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Indian Philosophy Announcement!

September 19th, 2015

New feed for Philosophy in India: http://hopwag2.podbean.com/feed/

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HoP 236 - None for Me, Thanks - Franciscan Poverty

August 9th, 2015

Bonaventure and Peter Olivi respond to critics of the Franciscan vow of poverty, in a debate which produced new ideas about economics and rights.

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HoP 235 - Juhana Toivanen on Animals in Medieval Philosophy

August 2nd, 2015

Medieval ideas about what animals do and do not have in common with humans, and how we should treat them.

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HoP 234 - Your Attention Please - Peter Olivi

July 26th, 2015

Peter Olivi proposes that awareness occurs not through passively being affected by things, but by actively paying attention to them.

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HoP 233 - Stairway to Heaven - Bonaventure

July 19th, 2015

Bonaventure argues that human knowledge depends on an illumination from God.

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HoP 232 - Charles Burnett on Magic

July 12th, 2015

Charles Burnett tells Peter about the role of magic in medieval intellectual life.

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