Podcasts – History of philosophy, « without any gaps. » : Middle Ages

Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, « without any gaps. » The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition. 

Early medieval : here

The first group of episodes on medieval philosophy in Latin Christendom looks at authors and texts from the beginning of the medieval period, with Alcuin, Eriugena and other Carolingian thinkers, down to 12th century figures like Abelard, Alan of Lille, John of Salisbury and Hildegard of Bingen. Despite the reputation of the early medieval era as a « dark age » these thinkers put forth brilliant ideas concerning logic, language, metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy. Look out for interviews with Andrew Arlig, Kent Emery, Stephen Gersh, Caroline Humfress, Jill Kraye, John Marenbon, and Eileen Sweeney.

13th Century : here

In the thirteenth century, medieval philosophy reaches the highpoints of scholasticism with such famous names as Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, and Duns Scotus. In Paris, debates rage over the newly rediscovered works of Aristotle, with reactions ranging from condemnation to enthusiasm. There are developments in science, notably with the pioneering empiricism of Roger Bacon, while philosophers outside the scholastic mainstream also make contributions (including female thinkers like Mechthild of Magdeburg). In addition to podcasts on specific thinkers, certain themes are covered, such as the transcendentals, magic, poverty, animals, just war theory, philosophy of language, and the eternity of the world. This series of episodes includes interviews with Charles Burnett, Therese Cory, Richard Cross, Catarina Ditulh-Novaes, Martin Pickavé, Georgio Pini, Scott MacDonald, and Juhana Toivanen.

14th Century : here

The final phase of medieval philosophy is hugely underrated. It was a time when university scholasticism achieved exquisite precision and explored philosophical issues that are still with us. Key figures here include William of Ockham, John Buridan, and Nicole Oresme. Philosophy also blossomed outside the university, with vernacular (non-Latin) authors like Dante, Meister Eckhart, and Julian of Norwich – only one of several female thinkers who worked during this period. Political philosophy becomes a major theme in several authors including Ockham and Marsilius of Padua. We will also see advances in the natural sciences and ideas that plant the seeds of the Protestant Reformation. This series features interviews with Susan Brower-Toland, Isabel Davis, Monica Green, Bob Pasnau, Dominik Perler, Martin Pickavé, Tom Pink, Sara Uckelman, and Jack Zupko.

Source : History of Philosophy

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