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COURSE NUMBER: PHIL 343
COURSE TITLE: Medieval Philosophy
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Henry Schuurman
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will introduce the student to the main figures and ideas in the history of philosophy from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Beginning with Augustine the course will cover the development of philosophy in Western Europe through Aquinas. Special attention will be paid to such issues as the relation between faith and reason, the idea of Christian philosophy, the concepts of divinity, creation, human freedom, sin, and the problem of evil.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Augustine, On Free Choice of the Will
  • Aquinas, Xeroxed Selections
  • Jill Paton Walsh, Knowledge of Angels
  • Xeroxed Selections on various topics
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Several short papers30%
Test20%
Book Review Project20%
Final exam25%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • 1. Jan. 5---Feb. 16:  Augustine’s On Free Choice
  • 2. Feb. 16: Test on Augustine’s On Free Choice
  • 3. Feb. 28---Apr. 13:  Aquinas 
  • 4. Apr. 11: Knowledge of Angels book review


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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