PHIL 215.001 – Medieval Philosophy

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Instructor: Z Quanbeck. This course meets MWF 9:05 – 9:55 a.m. via synchronous remote instruction.

This course provides a broad survey of medieval philosophy from Augustine to Luther. We will focus especially on issues in ethics and philosophy of religion (primarily Christian philosophy of religion, with some attention to Islamic and Jewish philosophy of religion). More specifically, topics will include:

  • Happiness, virtue, sin, and evil
  • Free will, divine foreknowledge, and predestination
  • The relationship between faith and reason (including the relationship between theology and ancient Greek philosophy)
  • The possibility of knowledge about the existence and nature of God

Note: this course construes “medieval philosophy” broadly to include thinkers who are often considered theologians or mystics (in additional to thinkers traditionally classified as philosophers).