What to expect when you're expecting 13th century philosophy

Posted on ..

We're almost done with the early medieval section - well actually the episodes will be running for some weeks yet, but I have finished writing them! Here is what is coming up:

218 Early Medieval Political Philosophy

219 Peter Lombard and Gratian

220 GUEST: Caroline Humfress on Medieval Law

221 Hildegard of Bingen

222 Translations into Latin

223 The Rise of the Universities

224 GUEST: Kent Emery on Philosophy and Educational Institutions

And then, the 13th century! I've been thinking a lot about how to approach this vast and complicated material, and settled tentatively on the following structure:

First, I'll look at the reactions to Aristotle mostly in the first half of the century, dividing the material by discipline and hence taking in turn developments in logic, physics, theory of soul, and metaphysics. Then I will turn to the mendicant orders and deal with thinkers among the Franciscans (Bonaventure, Olivi, etc) and Dominicans (Albert, and you know who). Then on to the arts masters and Latin Averroism, before moving on to Henry of Ghent and Scotus who will end the 13th century bit. There will also be thematic episodes covering magic, poverty, non-human animals, and theories of just war. I will also deal with some thinkers who worked outside the universities, for instance the female mystics Mechtilde of Magdeburg and Hadewijch of Brabant.

Hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am!

Add new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.