PHI 202 Medieval Philosophy 

Medieval philosophy centered on the synthesis of Catholic faith with ancient philosophy, the rise of university culture, and the widespread systematic exploration of philosophy. In this course, students will be introduced to the major figures and ideas of medieval philosophy. This course will include discussions of the emergence of scholasticism, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Students in this course will be equipped to:

  • explain and evaluate the core topics of medieval philosophy including the relationship of faith and reason, the divine names, the analogy of being, the problem of universals, natural theology, voluntarism, divine foreknowledge, et cetera
  • compare and evaluate diverse schools of medieval philosophy: Thomist, Scotist, and Ockhamist
  • identify the continuing importance and relevance of medieval philosophy for catholic theology and contemporary culture.

 

  1. Introduction: sources, method, context, and meaning (Faith seeking understanding)
  2. Faith and Reason I: Augustinian Approaches
  3. Faith and Reason II: Latin Averroism
  4. Faith and Reason III: The Handmaiden of the Theology
  5. Anselm: The Existence of God
  6. Thomas Aquinas: The Divine Names
  7. Duns Scotus: Univocal Naming of God
  8. Augustine: Divine Illumination
  9. Thomas Aquinas: Experience and Abstraction
  10. William of Ockham: Nominalism
  11. Thomas Aquinas: Law and Morality
  12. Thomas Aquinas: Church and State
  13. Scotus: Law, Freedom, and the Will
  14. Ockham: Morality, Church, and State
  15. Faith Seeking Understanding: The Continuing Relevance of Medieval Philosophy

 

Text for the Course: Medieval Philosophy: From Augustine to Duns Scotus, Frederick Copleston, S.J., in A History of Philosophy (New York: Double Day, 1993).

 

Course Content

Lessons Status
1

Introduction: Sources, Method, Context, and Meaning (Faith seeking Understanding) Available on: June 7, 2019 12:00 am

2

Faith and Reason I: Augustinian Approaches Available on: June 14, 2019 12:00 am

3

Faith and Reason II: Latin Averroism Available on: June 21, 2019 12:00 am

4

Faith and Reason III: The Handmaiden of the Theology Available on: June 28, 2019 12:00 am

5

Anselm: The Existence of God Available on: July 5, 2019 12:00 am

6

Thomas Aquinas: The Divine Names Available on: July 12, 2019 12:00 am

7

Duns Scotus: Univocal Naming of God Available on: July 19, 2019 12:00 am

8

Augustine: Divine Illumination Available on: July 26, 2019 12:00 am

9

Thomas Aquinas: Experience and Abstraction Available on: August 2, 2019 12:00 am

10

William of Ockham: Nominalism Available on: August 9, 2019 12:00 am

11

Thomas Aquinas: Law and Morality Available on: August 16, 2019 12:00 am

12

Thomas Aquinas: Church and State Available on: August 23, 2019 12:00 am

13

Scotus: Law, Freedom, and the Will Available on: August 30, 2019 12:00 am

14

Ockham: Morality, Church, and State Available on: September 6, 2019 12:00 am

15

Faith Seeking Understanding: The Continuing Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Available on: September 13, 2019 12:00 am