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EARLY MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 311: Spring 2012
Prof. K. Rogers: Office #204 in 24 Kent Way, 831-8480, email@example.com.Office Hours: 3-4:30 MW and by appointment.
TA Chris Hartung: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texts: H= (Primary Sources) Philosophy in the Middle Ages, Third Edition, Hyman,Walsh, and Williams eds.
W= (Secondary Source) A Short History of Medieval Philosophy, Julius R. Weinberg.
My notes are available on-line at http://www.udel.edu/rogers.
Requirements: Three essay tests will constitute 3/6 of the grade. (Tests will consist of 5 out of 6 relatively short essays.) Two 5-7 page research papers will constitute 2/6 of the grade. The other 1/6 will come from daily quizzes on the readings. (Quizzes will consist of a single, simple question on the assigned reading which you’ll either get right or wrong. You are allowed 4 “no shows” or “wrongs” without penalty. The other quizzes will be computed on the basis of 100, so, for example, if you got 20% wrong, you’d get an 80 which is a B- in my book.) Final score and grade equivalents: 93-100=A, 90-92=A-, 87-89=B+, 83-86=B, 80-82=B-, 77-79=C+, 73-76=C, 70-72=C-, 67-69=D+, 63-66=D, 55-62=D-. I will also consider improvement on test scores and participation in class.
I. BACKGROUND, PLATO, ARISTOTLE, AND PLOTINUS
7 Introduction to Late Classical and Early Medieval Philosophy
9 Introduction continued: W 3-9, H xi-4; Introduction to God: H pp.164-172 (Chapters 5-26 of Anselm’s Proslogion).
14 Background: Plato: W 9-14.
16 Aristotle: W 14-20.
21 Plotinus: W 20-24.
23 Introduction: W 30-45, H 5-8
28 Why Darwin isn’t a problem.
1 Knowledge: H 29-34.
6 The Proof for God from Reason: H pp.34-50. (Stop at section 18).
8 TEST #1
13 Introduction to Evil: Manicheanism, and all things good: H pp.69-71.
15 Free Will: H pp.50-53.
20 Freedom and Foreknowledge: H pp.53-60.
22 Original sin, Pelagianism and Grace: H pp. 61-63.
3 Ethics and Politics: H pp.81-99.
5 Time: H pp.72-81.
10 Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy: Handout
IV. PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS and ERIUGENA
12 Pseudo-Dionysius and Scotus Eriugena: W pp.46-57, H pp.141-144.
17 Scotus Eriugena continued.: H pp.145-157
19 TEST #2
24 Anselm of Canterbury: Introduction and The Argument, including Gaunilo’s response and Anselm’s response to the response: W pp.58-71, H pp.156-157, 161-164, 173-181
26 The Necessity of the Incarnation (No reading).
1 Free will and grace, free will and foreknowledge (handout)
3 Free will, etc. continued. (No reading).
8 Universals and Peter Abelard: W pp.72-91, H pp.182-191 (the wrong views -- according to Abelard).
10 Universals continued. H pp.191-202 (the right view -- according to Abelard).
15 Abelard’s ethics: H pp.202-214
Test #3 ( not a cumulative final) during final exam period.