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New philosophy course offering in fall 2018

book cover with the word Medieval Philosophy on the cover with a drawing of an philosopher

Medieval Philosophy, PHI 257.01, is a brand new course in the Department of Philosophy.  In fall 2018, it will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Professor Sanson will be teaching the course.

Description:  A survey of the history of philosophy from roughly the 4th through 14th centuries CE, with readings selected from Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions. Topics will include: the eternity of the world; the nature of the will; the nature, sources, and limits of knowledge. Other topics that we may cover include: divine foreknowledge; theories of causation; the metaphysics of material bodies; the nature of the soul and the nature of the self; action, intention, and the locus of moral praise and blame; sexual ethics; the nature of property rights and the ideal of poverty; the role of mystical experience; the doctrine of the trinity.

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