Philosophy | Medieval Philosophy
P301 | 25670 | Wood, R
This introduction medieval philosophy examines six classics of
Western philosophy that explore the puzzles facing a believer seeking
to lead a good life and understand herself and her world. They
present a theory of will and human motivation, an intentionalist
theory of ethics, and a theory of divine omniscience and omnipotence
consistent with divine goodness and human freedom. The course is
not particularly intended for believers, though the philosopher we
read were devout Christians:
1. Augustine, On Free choice of the Will, tr. T. Williams,
2. Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, tr. P. Walsh, Oxford
World's Classics 2000.
3. Anselm: The Major Works, Oxford World's Classics 1998.
4. Abelard, Ethical Writings, tr. P. Spade, Hackett 1995.
5. Aquinas, The Treatise on Human Nature, tr. R. Pasnau,
6. Ockham, On the Connection of the Virtues, tr. R. Wood,
Three papers are required, 500 words, 750 words, and 1000 words.
Students who turn in more than three papers will be graded on the
three best submitted, except in cases of plagiarism.
Paper topics will be assigned in advance. Sample paper topic:
Augustine holds that nothing can force the will to choose evil. Why
does he think this? Is he right? Defend your answers.