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PHIL303 - Medieval Philosophy

Course Details

Course Code: PHIL303 Course ID: 3537 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course considers the synthesis of Christianity with classical pagan philosophy achieved by St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. What became of the ancients’ ideal of human knowledge in an age when philosophy became the “handmaid of theology"? What were the underpinnings of the “natural law” conception of moral and political philosophy? How did this medieval synthesis break down, on the scientific side with Galileo’s challenge to Aristotelian physics and astronomy, and on the moral and political side with Machiavelli’s portrayal of a Renaissance prince? (Note to Students: The course materials, assignments, learning outcomes, and expectations in this upper level undergraduate course assume that the student has completed all lower level general education and career planning coursework necessary to develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students who have not fulfilled all general education requirements through courses or awarded transfer credit should strongly consider completing these requirements prior to registering for this course. (Prerequisite: PHIL101)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:

CO 1 – Analyze how Neoplatonism and other Greek/Roman philosophies evolved into Christian philosophy.

CO 2 – Interpret the contributions of Augustine and Boethius on early Church doctrine and on the philosophical foundations of Medieval philosophy.

CO 3 – Evaluate various philosophical conundrums and how different philosophers addressed them over the period.

CO 4 – Appraise how Augustine’s Neoplatonistic philosophies and theories continued to evolve throughout the middle ages

CO 5 – Determine the impact the reintroduction of Aristotle’s works had on Christianity and Medieval philosophy.

CO 6 – Explore how later philosophers like Ockham, Scotus, and others laid the foundations for the Enlightenment.

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Introductions 5.56 %
Week 1 - Forum 1 5.56 %
Week 2 - Forum 2 5.56 %
Week 3 - Forum 3 5.56 %
Week 4 - Forum 4 5.56 %
Week 5 - Forum 5 5.56 %
Week 6 - Forum 6 5.56 %
Week 7 - Forum 7 5.56 %
Week 8 - Forum 8 5.56 %
Assignments 50.00 %
Week 3 - Assignment One 16.67 %
Week 5 - Assignment Two - PPT 16.67 %
Week 7 - Assignment Three 16.67 %
Book Title: Against Academicians and the Teacher - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: St. Augustine
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9780872202122
Book Title: To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Against Academicians and the Teacher - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780872202122
Author:St. Augustine
Unit Cost:$16.06

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.