PHIL 302

Medieval Philosophy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for PHIL 302.


This course provides an introduction to some of the most important questions dealt with by some of the most important philosophers in the Middle Ages. The questions and the answers given to them have shaped the western Christian view of the world and consequently the way in which we all think about ourselves.

In the course we will read and discuss the work of medieval philosophers on a number of topics including some or all of the questions of whether the existence of God can be proved, the possibility of reconciling divine foreknowledge and human freedom, what moral principles should govern our actions, the possibility of knowledge and relevance of mysticism.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students should have acquired an appreciation of how the discussions of medieval philosophers have contributed to modern thought and some understanding of the arguments that they employed.


Coursework + exam

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Availability 2020

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Chris Martin


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Coursework + exam


PHIL 302: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy, or EUROPEAN 100 and 15 points at Stage II in Philosophy