Philosophers of the middle ages investigated such ‘modern’ concerns as cosmology and freedom, the question of being, scepticism about truth and immortality, the nature of happiness and ‘the good life’, love and hate, political authority, beauty, faith and reason. This unit explores texts from the fourth to the fourteenth century that address such concerns. It considers the historical milieux, philosophical thought and selected texts of authors that may include Abelard, Anselm, Aquasparta, Aquinas, Augustine, Avicenna, Bacon, Boethius, Bonaventure, Chancellor, Erigena, Hildegard, Lombard, Matthew of Eckhart, Ockham, Phillip the Albert, Scotus and Siger of Brabant

Unit Code: AP9120C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Elucidate the specifically-medieval conceptual framework behind the texts studied in the unit


Expound the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit, and interrelate them as appropriate


Compare ideas, positions and arguments on themes that are found in more than one of the thinkers studied in the unit


Evaluate and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers considered in the unit


Appraise the conceptual frameworks and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit – both singularly and in relation to one another where appropriate – in relation to the core themes examined in the unit


Demonstrate the capacity to develop a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Unit sequence

One foundational unit of Philosophy


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Description Weight (%)

Option 2: 4,000-word essay 50% 1,000-word skeleton argument 10% 2-hour written exam (2,000 words) 40% Essay: week 14, 15 or 16, as set at semester start by lecturer & published in unit outline; Exam: week 16

Or Option 1 or 3


Option 1: 6,000-word essay (90%) 1,000-word skeleton argument (10%)

Or Option 2 or 3


Option 3: 4,000-word essay 50% 1000-word skeleton argument 10% 2,000-word essay 40%

For each essay: one of weeks 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16, as set at semester start by lecturer & published in unit outline; skeleton argument week 12 or 13 , as set at semester start by lecturer & published in unit outline

Or Option 1 or 2


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-03 11:34:43 +1000