Historiansplaining: A historian tells you why everything you know is wrong
About This Show
History lectures by Samuel Biagetti.
I am a historian (and antique dealer) with a Phd in early American history from Columbia University; my dissertation was on Freemasonry in the 1700s. I have recently taught courses at Columbia and Barnard College and have had articles published in Early American Studies and the Journal of Caribbean History.
The world today is nothing more than the product of everything that came before; hence, misunderstanding the past leads us to misjudge the present. I will focus on the historical myths and distortions that people use today in order to explain away the world in which we live; we will cut away the stilts supporting our illusions, and we will begin with the central myth of Western history: the Middle Ages.
Please see my Patreon page, https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5530632, if you want to keep the lectures coming.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Scientific Revolution, Part 1 -- Alchemy and Apocalypse, 1500-1660
We unearth the tangled roots of the earliest forms of modern science, beginning with the radical alchemical theories of the rabble-rousing healer called Paracelsus, and running through the heated debates over Galileo's astronomy, which broke down the distinction between the earth and the heavens. Due to these shocks, the old teleological, or purpose-driven, scheme of the world broke down, giving way to a free-for-all of speculation and apocalyptic excitement.
We question the historical meaning of the concept of "science," and consider how modern-day pop scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson portray the past selectively in order to build the myth of reason and science as beacons of light amidst superstition.
Please become a patron and contribute what you can in the spirit of knowledge and inquiry!
Suggested further reading: Walter Pagel, "Paracelsus"; Charles Webster, "The Great Instauration"; Francis Bacon, "The New Atlantis"; Pamela Smith, "The Body of the Artisan"; Deborah Harkness, "The Jewel House"; Frances Yates, "Giordano Bruno" and "The Rosicrucian Enlightenment"; Thomas Kuhn, "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"; Steven Shapin, "The Scientific Revolution"Read more »