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.
In addition to the general bibliography on medieval philosophy provided here see for the early period:
• A.H. Armstrong (ed.) The Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge: 1967).
• P. Dronke (ed.) A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy (Cambridge: 1988).
• S.C. Ferruolo, The Origins of the University: the Schools of Paris and their Critics, 1100-1215 (Stanford: 1985).
• C. Giraud, A Companion to Twelfth-Century Schools (Leiden: 2020).
• D.E. Luscombe, The School of Peter Abelard (Cambridge: 1970).
• J. Marenbon, Early Medieval Philosophy (480-1150): an Introduction (London: 1988).
• R.McKitterick, Carolingian Culture: Emulation and Innovation (Cambridge: 1994).
• R.W. Southern, Scholastic Humanism and the Unification of Europe, volume 1: Foundations and volume 2: the Heroic Age (Oxford: 1995 and 2001).
Posted on 2 November 2014
Peter launches the series of podcasts on philosophy in medieval Latin Christendom with a look ahead at what’s to come.14 comments
Posted on 16 November 2014
John Scotus Eriugena debates free will with his rival Gottschalk, arguing that God predestines the saved but not the damned.8 comments
Posted on 21 November 2014
Eriugena delves into the Greek tradition to produce his masterpiece of metaphysics and theology, the Periphyseon.10 comments
Posted on 30 November 2014
We celebrate reaching episode 200 with a special double interview on the problem of defining medieval philosophy.16 comments
Posted on 6 December 2014
Stephen Gersh (who was Peter's doctoral advisor!) joins him to discuss the sources and influence of Platonism in the Middle Ages.2 comments
Posted on 13 December 2014
Little-known authors prepare the way for scholasticism with glosses on logic, metaphysical debate, and a poem about a cat.5 comments
Posted on 20 December 2014
Peter Damian takes up a question with surprising philosophical implications: can God restore virginity to a woman who has lost it?3 comments
Posted on 3 January 2015
The most famous argument in medieval philosophy is Anselm’s proof for the existence of God. But how was it supposed to work?34 comments
Posted on 17 January 2015
Peter Abelard and other logicians of the 12th century argue over the status of universals: are they words or things?22 comments
Posted on 21 February 2015
Discussion, debate and denunciation of philosophical attempts to explain the Trinity in Abelard, Richard of St Victor and Bernard of Clairvaux.8 comments
Posted on 8 March 2015
As early medieval science blossoms, Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille personify Nature in their philosophical prose-poems.4 comments
Posted on 14 March 2015
In this special episode, Peter chats with the hosts of the History of the Crusades, History of Byzantium, and British History podcasts.11 comments
Posted on 5 April 2015
The “Investiture Contest” between church and state and the first major work of medieval political philosophy, John of Salisbury’s Policraticus.0 comments
Posted on 17 April 2015
A discussion about Roman law and its reception in the medieval period, with ancient law expert Caroline Humfress.2 comments
Posted on 2 May 2015
Greek and Arabic sources are rendered into Latin in a translation movement that will revolutionize medieval philosophy.0 comments
Posted on 9 May 2015
The emergence of universities in Paris, Oxford, Bologna and elsewhere provide the main setting for medieval philosophy in the 13th century and beyond.11 comments