Medieval Philosophy

AP9120C

Dr Callan Ledsham
Not offered in 2020

Philosophers of the middle ages investigated such ‘modern’ concerns as cosmology and freedom, the question of being, scepticism about truth and immortality, the nature of happiness and ‘the good life’, love and hate, political authority, beauty, faith and reason. This unit explores texts from the fourth to the fourteenth century that address such concerns. It considers the historical milieux, philosophical thought and selected texts of authors that may include Abelard, Anselm, Aquasparta, Aquinas, Augustine, Avicenna, Bacon, Boethius, Bonaventure, Chancellor, Erigena, Hildegard, Lombard, Matthew of Eckhart, Ockham, Phillip the Albert, Scotus and Siger of Brabant.

Prerequisites

one foundation unit of philosophy

Mode

face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester

Assessment

  • one 6,000-word essay 90%
  • one 1,000-word skeleton argument 10%
or
  • one 4,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1,000-word skeleton argument 10%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 40%
or
  • one 4,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1,000-word skeleton argument 10%
  • one 2,000-word essay 40% 

Bibliography

  • Anselm of Canterbury. The Major Works. Edited and translated by Brian Davies and Gillian R. Evans. Oxford World Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 
  • Bosley, Richard N., and Martin M. Tweedale, eds. and trans. Basic Issues in Medieval Philosophy: Selected Readings Presenting the Interactive Discourses Among the Major Figures. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview, 1997. 
  • Delhaye, Philippe. Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages. Translated by S. J. Tester. Faith and Facts Books 12. London: Burns & Oates, 1960. 
  • Klima, Gyula, Fritz Allhoff, and Anand Jayprakash, eds. Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. Blackwell Readings in the History of Philosophy 2. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Knowles, David. The Evolution of Medieval Thought. Edited by David E. Luscombe and Christopher E. L. Brooke. 2nd ed. London: Longman, 1988.
  • Kretzmann, Norman, and Eleonore Stump, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Marenbon, John, ed. Routledge History of Philosophy. Vol. 3, Medieval Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1998.
  • McGrade, Arthur S., John KilCullan, and Matthew Kempshall, eds. The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts. Vol. 2, Ethics and Political Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Pasnau, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts. Vol. 3, Mind and Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Williams, Thomas, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus. Cambridge Companions to Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.