Course Memo


This course will focus principally on the development of Christian philosophical theology, emphasizing: Patristic Roots (to 1100), Scholastic Synthesis (1200 to 1325), and Nominalist Critique (1325-1450). Attention will also be given to the reception of Greek, Arab and Jewish learning by the medieval west. Anselm of Canterbury, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Occam will receive special attention. Students will be expected to interpret and discuss such texts orally (proved by participation in class discussions) and analyze and interpret them in writing (proved by written examinations). [20 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]


This course will cover the development of western philosophy in the medieval period (ca. 500-1400), including its roots in ancient Greek philosophy and the Christian tradition, the intellectual achievement of the high medieval period, and the nominalist critique of the 14th century. Attention will also be given to the reception of Islamic and Jewish learning by the medieval west.  The course will include a sustained study of the thought of Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bl. John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham, as well Ibn-Sina, Ibn-Rushd, and Maimonides.  Class format:  lecture and discussion.  Student evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly study questions, two short written essays, and a final exam.  Intended audience:  M.A. and M.Div. students. [Auditors excluded]