Rank #1: HoP 330 - Republic of Letters - Italian Humanism
Coluccio Salutati and Leonardo Bruni combine eloquence with philosophy, taking as their model the refined language and republican ideals found in Cicero.
Rank #2: HoP 300a - The Relevance of Ancient Philosophy Today
Rachel Barney, Christof Rapp, and Mark Kalderon join Peter to discuss the importance of ancient philosophy for today's philosophers.
Rank #3: HoP 190 - Turkish Delights - Philosophy under the Ottomans
Rank #4: HoP 329 - Greeks Bearing Gifts - Byzantine Scholars in Italy
Bessarion and George Trapenzuntius, rival scholars from the Greek east who helped inspire the Italian Renaissance.
Rank #5: HoP 300b - The Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Today
Peter King, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and Russ Friedman discuss their approaches to medieval philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.
Rank #6: HoP 293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages
Medieval attitudes towards homosexuality, sex and chastity, and the status of women. Authors discussed include Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Chaucer.
Rank #7: HoP 178 - Eyes Wide Shut - Rumi and Philosophical Sufism
Rank #8: HoP 156 - Sarah Pessin on Jewish Neoplatonism
Rank #9: HoP 271 - Do As You’re Told - Ockham on Ethics and Political Philosophy
William of Ockham on freedom of action and freedom of thought.
Rank #10: HoP 160 - The Great Eagle - Maimonides
Rank #11: HoP 186 - To Be, Continued - Mulla Sadra on Existence
Rank #12: HoP 110 - Life and Time - Augustine's Confessions
Rank #13: HoP 055 - The Constant Gardener - Epicurus and his Principles
Rank #14: HoP 101 - Father Figures - Introduction to Ancient Christian Philosophy
Rank #15: HoP 272 - A Close Shave - Ockham’s Nominalism
Ockham trims away the unnecessary entities posited by other scholastics.
Rank #16: HoP 258 - Here Comes the Son - The Trinity and the Eucharist
Rank #17: HoP 268 - To Hell and Back - Dante Alighieri
Italy’s greatest poet Dante Alighieri was also a philosopher, as we learn from his Convivio and of course the Divine Comedy.