Undergraduate Course: Medieval Philosophy (LLLI07021)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT ONLY COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
The course will provide an introduction to medieval philosophy through an examination of the ideas of a selection of key figures and a number of key themes, such as: the tension between Platonism and Aristotelianism, the relationship of religion and philosophy, and the question of realism in metaphysics.
1. Overview. An introduction to the main themes, figures and developments in mediaeval philosophy.
2. The Platonic tradition (I): Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Bonaventure.
3. The Platonic tradition (II): Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Bonaventure (continued).
4. Arabic and Jewish sources: al-Farabi, Avicenna, Averroes and Maimonides.
5. Thomas Aquinas: Metaphysics
6. Thomas Aquinas: Moral philosophy.
7. Duns Scotus
8. William of Ockham
9. Scholasticism and its interpretations: Suarez, Neo-Thomism and twentieth century debates.
10. Final discussion. An opportunity to consider the course as a whole and to return to specific issues in the light of that overview.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 3
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 100% of the total course mark.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate a broad knowledge of some key ideas in mediaeval philosophy;
* Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of mediaeval thought and its development over the period;
* Use some of the basic skills, techniques and practices associated generally with reading philosophical texts;
* Present and evaluate some central arguments and ideas of mediaeval philosophy.
Essential readings will consist of extracts from a range of primary sources provided in class or via links to internet sources.
Spade, P. 2009. Medieval Philosophy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [online] Available at: «http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/medieval-philosophy/» [Accessed 25 February 2014]
Coplestone, F.C., 1952. Medieval philosophy. [e-book] London: Methuen. Available through: Internet archive «https://archive.org/details/medievalphilosop00copl» [Accessed 25 February 2014]
De Wulf, M., 1922. Mediaeval philosophy illustrated from the system of Thomas Aquinas. [e-book] Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Available through: Open Library «https://openlibrary.org/books/OL6647758M/Mediaeval_philosophy_illustrated_from_the_system_of_Thomas_Aquinas» [Accessed 25 February 2014]
Kenny, A. 2007. Medieval philosophy: a new history of western philosophy vol. 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Password access):
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||* Critical assessment of complex ideas ;
* Ability to convey that assessment in a well-structured and coherent form, both orally and in writing;
* Participation in group discussion.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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