A study of of medieval philosophy from Augustine to William of Ockham. The first part of the course explores the origins of medieval philosophy, particularly its roots in Neoplatonism, and in the work of Augustine (who bridges classical antiquity and Christianity). The course will then survey the works of a number of key figures in the medieval tradition, focusing on their respective epistemologies, metaphysics, and ethics.
• Recognize valid and fallacious patterns of logical reasoning
• Understand the basic principles of metaphysics
• Understand the variety of ethical systems explored by the writers of the Middle Ages
• Understand the broad outline of the history of medieval philosophy
• Render a detailed and articulate account of the main contributions to philosophy in the Latin West that were made during the millennium that spanned the end of the fourth century to the beginning of the fourteenth
Course Details: Augustine on intuition and knowledge; Augustine on God and nature; Boethius on faith and reason; the Letters of Abelard and Heloise; Intention in ethics; the metaphysics and cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen; Anselm on God’s existence and the Divine Attributes; Aquinas on nature; Aquinas on logic and metaphysics; Aquinas on God; Christine de Pisan’s moral philosophy; Catherine of Siena’s ethics; William of Ockham and Nominalism; medieval philosophy and Modernity
Image: Botticelli's St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor.