Europe on the Brink of the Black Death (Quick Notes:1)

Today begins a new series– Quick Notes! Like their older and more detailed brethren, Historical Notes, this label provides some quick reference points for select content from a The Great Courses lecture series. Today, I will start going through Dorsey Armstrong’s course The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague. At the end of each…Read more »

The 14th Century and Beyond (Notes:80)

A general feature of histories of medieval philosophy is that they abruptly stop around or after the 14th century. Other histories highly praise Aquinas, raising him to a height synonymous with the ending of medieval philosophy, while deriding Occam’s skepticism. Both of these explanations are, however, simplistic; professor Williams, then, would like to in this…Read more »