Philosophers of the middle ages investigated such ‘modern’ concerns as cosmology and freedom, the question of being, skepticism 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 Augustine, Boethius, Erigena, Avicenna, Anselm, Abelard, Peter Lombard, Hildegard, Phillip the Chancellor, Albert, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Siger of Brabant, Roger Bacon, Matthew of Aquasparta, Eckhart, Scotus, and Ockham.
Adumbrate the specifically-medieval conceptual framework behind the texts studied in the unit
Expound the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit;
Compare in a preliminary way ideas, positions and arguments on themes that are found in more than one of the thinkers studied in the unit
Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments and positions of the thinkers considered in the unit
Analyse the conceptual frameworks and arguments of the thinkers that are studied in the unit – both singularly and in relation to one another where appropriate – in relation to the core themes examined in the unit.
30 points of philosophy at second level
Lectures, seminars, tutorials
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Unit variation one: 2-hour written examination (2,000 words)
Unit variation two: 3 take-home examinations comprising 2,500 words total
One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.
1 x 2,500-word essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017
Unit record last updated: 2021-03-31 10:23:15 +1100