PHIL 460 - Medieval Philosophy
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Waitlist Capacity:
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One philosophy introduction.
May not be repeated for credit.
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An examination of a range of medieval philosophers in the Western tradition from different philosophical traditions. The readings in a given semester may be oriented around a single theme (e.g. the problem of evil, free will, divine foreknowledge, proofs for God’s existence, or universals) and may differ from year to year.

This term we will be reading a range of texts on the problem of evil, free will, and divine foreknowledge from the following authors: Augustine, Boethius, al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Ghazali, Maimonides, Gersonides, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Luis de Molina.


Course Objectives: 

•   To gain a basic appreciation of medieval philosophy’s concerns and methods

•   To learn how to interpret historical texts & engage them philosophically through close readings

•   To learn how to analyze arguments better and develop effective responses

•   To learn how to write clearer and more compelling papers

•   To learn how to take notes that improve comprehension & retention.

Course Requirements:

Participation; workbooks (collected every two weeks); two papers (1 short, 1medium); comprehensive final exam.

Intended Audience:

Students who have had at least one course in Philosophy at UMich or elsewhere.

All the texts will be read in translation. No knowledge of Greek, Latin, Arabic or Hebrew is required.

This course satisfies the Humanities Distribution Requirement (HU) and counts towards the history requirement for Philosophy majors and minors.

Class Format:

3 hrs of seminar-style lecture/week


PHIL 460 - Medieval Philosophy
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001 (LEC)
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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