Philosophy | Medieval Philosophy
P301 | 29085 | Wood, Rega


Phil 301 introduces medieval philosophy by examining six classics of
Western philosophy by Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas,
and Ockham that present a theory of will and human motivation,
theories of ethics based on reason and agent intention, and a theory
of divine omniscience consistent with human freedom. Special focus
will be on the development of the concept of will as a locus of
personal identity, freedom, and responsibility.

We will consider two major traditions in the assessment of moral
value that contrast with consequentialist views many take for
granted. From Augustine to Ockham, one tradition emphasizes the
intentions of the agent in assessing culpability. By contrast,
Aquinas emphasizes the role of right reasoning in determining
whether an act is praise- or blameworthy. These medieval
philosophers are committed Christians, but students of all
backgrounds will be comfortable.