Medieval Philosophy

AP2120C/3120C

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

  • second level: 36 points of philosophy at first level
  • third level: 36 points of philosophy at second level

Mode

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

Assessment

second level
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 50%
or [Lecturer variation]
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • three take-home examinations (2,000 words) 50%
third level
  • one 2,500-word essay 50%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 50%
or [Lecturer variation]
  • one 2,500-word essay 50%
  • three take-home examinations (2,500 words) 50%

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. 
  • Klima, Gyula, Fritz Allhoff, and Anand Jayprakash, eds. Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary. 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.