SYLLABUS: Spring 2014


5-6:15 TR     Gore 223



Professor K. Rogers: 831‑8480;

Office Hours: MW 3 – 4:30 and by appointment.                  




Texts:  H= (Primary Sources) Philosophy in the Middle Ages, Third Edition, Hyman and Walsh, eds.

 W= (Secondary Source) A Short History of Medieval Philosophy, Julius R. Weinberg.


(There are notes on my web page,  These are a sketchy outline of material presented in class and will by no stretch of the imagination take the place of good notes taken on your own.  However, they may help you organize your notes and make sure you have everything and in the right order.)


Requirements: Three essay tests each to count for roughly 1/6 of the grade. Two 5-7 page research papers, each to count for roughly 1/6 of the grade. Quizzes on the readings to count for roughly 1/6 of the grade.  The quizzes will be on the reading assigned for that day.   Quizzes will consist of one very easy multiple choice question. You will be able to drop 4 quizzes with no penalty and your quiz grade will be based on the percentage right of the remaining quizzes, so if you have to miss a day or two you will not be penalized. I will be able to take improvement and participation into consideration when calculating your final grade.




11        Introduction and God


13        Plato and Aristotle, Fluffy, and universals: W pp.3‑21 (read to "Plotinus developed...")


18        Aristotle's and Plotinus's universes: W pp.21‑29 and Introduction to Islamic philosophy

H pp. 215-219.


20        Avicenna: Being and Cosmology: W pp.92‑121, H pp. 239-243.


            25        Avicenna cond. Proof for God and Knowledge : H pp.244-246


            27        No class. I have to be out of town.




            4          Algazali: The Incoherence of the Philosophers: W pp.121‑125, H pp.278-284 .


6          Algazali continued


11        TEST #1



            13        Averroes: Philosophy and Revelation, the Eternity of the World : W pp.125‑139, H pp.285-288, 2            92 (start with section 2) - 299 (through section 52).


            18        Averroes: Knowledge: H pp.304-307, through section 3


            20        Maimonides: Talking about God: W pp.140‑156, Hpp.360-366 through section 52. (Plus Handout which continues the reading.)


            25        Maimonides: Creation: H pp.390‑401 (stop at Chap. 32) and Law: Handout


            27        Aquinas: Introduction and Proving God: W pp.182‑212, H pp.447-450, 468 - 470 (Start at Article 3. Note that the numbered points with which he begins are the claims with which he is going to DISAGREE!!! He sets these out, then explains what his own view is, then responds to the points he disagrees with. Stop at top of first column on 470.)


            SPRING BREAK




            8          Aquinas: Proving God continued.


            10        No class. I have to be out of town.


            15        Aquinas: Naming God H pp.472-476 (through AResponse to 3).      


            17        TEST #2


            22        Aquinas: Soul, Universals: H pp.501 (Article 2) -504 (through Response to 6) and Knowledge


            24        Aquinas: Will H pp.546‑550. H3 pp.508 (Q.82) -511


            29        Aquinas: Ethics: H pp.518-538. (With a word on politics)





            1          The Condemnation of 1277: H pp.539-540, in 541-548 you are responsible only for the introductory material on p. 541, and #’s 13, 15, 22, 28, 33, 42, 43, 63, 85, 92, 117, 136, and 154-165. (You are, of course, most welcome to read the rest…just don’t let Bishop Tempier hear you defending them in public!)


            6          Duns Scotus:: W pp.213‑234, H pp. 551-555; Proving God: H pp.559 (II.)-562 (Through A...and thus that it does exist from itself.@) Naming God: pp.567-570


            8          Duns Scotus: Universals: H pp.582-591 (skip q.4 586-589).


            13        Duns Scotus: Voluntarism: H pp.601‑604


            15        Ockham: Voluntarism and Nominalism: W pp.235‑265, H pp.605-607, 616-624.



            Test #3 during finals period. It is not cumulative, and will take only an hour and 15 minutes.