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Předmět, akademický rok 2021/2022
Survey of Medieval Philosophy: The relation between human being and God - AFS100753
Anglický název: Survey of Medieval Philosophy: The relation between human being and God
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 3
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/2 Z [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=10367
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Garant: Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (06.10.2020)

NB: Permanent link to Zoom meetings on Moodle. Please register to the Moodle page of this course to access it!

Email: anna.tropia@ff.cuni.cz
Revolving around the theme of the relation between creature and creator, this course will target medieval philosophical texts that are considered as the most representative of the Middle Ages. From Augustine to Anselm, passing through the major works of Aquinas and Scotus, we will examine the solutions of these philosophers to spell out, on the one hand, how human beings depend on God and, on the other, what is properly and entirely human. The course will be structured into two modules: the first one (corresponding to the first hour of the course) will consist in a frontal lesson by the teacher and the second, in the general discussion of a text presented by one or two students.
Cíl předmětu
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (06.09.2020)

The aim of the course will be that of providing students with an introduction to some of the most influential medieval philosophical texts. The theme of the relation between human beings and God will allow us to approach them, as well as to compare Jewish, Arabic and Christian perspectives on the relation creature/creator, limits of human cognition and metaphysics. Be this as it may, this is not a theological course: by examining how philosophers elaborated a discourse about God and human condition, or about the relation between philosophy and theology, students will become more familiar with the beginning of a long philosophical tradition that arrives to the Modern Age. 

Podmínky zakončení předmětu
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (06.10.2020)


NB: Permanent link to Zoom meetings on Moodle. Please register to the Moodle page of this course to access it!


Owing to the current situation, classes will be taught online in the form of video-conferences on the platform Zoom. Before the first class, the students registered on this Sis-page will receive an email with instructions. Zoom is very simple to use, but in case you had any problem, please contact me in due time: anna.tropia@ff.cuni.cz


The requirements to receive the credits for this course are:

(1) Regular attendance in the classes and active participation. Please check regularly the Moodle page of this course.


(2) Each week, one or more questions concerning our readings will be assigned. Please make sure to send me your answers (in English or in Czech) Sunday evening at the latest, for we will discuss together your answers in the second hour for a brief discussion. No more than 2 assignments undone are allowed in order to complete the course. 


Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (06.09.2020)

Texts (NB: All the texts are available on Moodle)


Augustinetexts from On the Christian doctrine. Ed. And Transl. by R. H. P. Green, Clarendon 1996.


Moses Maimonides, texts from The Guide of the Perplexed. Transl. by S. Pines, The University of Chicago Press, 1963.


Anselm of Canterbury, texts from Proslogion, Engl. Transl. in Readings in Medieval Philosophy, by A. Schrodinger, Oxford Classics 1998 (also at UFAR library)


Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (ST): 


Latin text: Vatican 1889–. (UFAR library, but also accessible online: corpusthomisticum.org)


English Text: full text translated by A. Freddoso (accessible online: https://www3.nd.edu/~afreddos/summa-translation/TOC.htm)


“The treatise on human nature: ST Ia 75-102” by A. Freddoso, South Bend 2010 (UFAR library. Also accessible online, at Freddoso’s webpage above indicated)


Avicenna, texts from The Cure, ed. and transl. by McGinnis-Reismann, Classic Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources.Hackett Publishing Company 2007.


Siger of Brabant, On the intellective soul, in G. Klyma (ed), Medieval Philosophy. Essential Readings. Blackwell Publishing 2007.


Bonaventure, “Christ our one teacher”, Engl. tr. by R. Pasnau, in The Cambridge Translation of Medieval Philosophical Text. Cambridge University Press 2002.


John Duns Scotus, texts from the Ordinatio


Latin text: Vatican 1950 –. 


Engl. tr.: 

Being and Cognition, Transl. by J. Van Der Bercken, Fordham University Press 2016 (UFAR library)


William of Ockham. Texts from the Ordinatio


Latin text: Opera theologica et philosophica, St. Bonaventure (NY) 1967 –. (UFAR library)


Eng. Tr.: Philosophical Writings, ed. by Ph. Boehner, NY 1964



Secondary Literature


Bibliography and essential readings are indicated in the “Medieval Skelet Program” (webpage: http://ufar.ff.cuni.cz/5/stredoveka-filosofie-ii).


Here a sample-list of some texts, connected to this specific course (more is to be found on the Moodle):



Philosophy in the Middle Ages. The Christian, Islamic and Jewish Tradition. Ed. by A. Hyman et al., Hackett Publishing Company, 2010 (3rd edition).


R. Pasnau (ed), The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy, Cambridge 2009-2010 (ch. on Anselm for instance).


R. Pasnau, Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature, Cambridge 2002.


G. Pini, “Scotus on Intuitive and Abstractive Intuition”, In J. P. Hause (ed.), Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses. London 2014, 348-365.


Th. Cory, Aquinas on Human Self-Knowledge. Cambridge 2014.


Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (06.09.2020)

1)     6.10: Introduction. Do philosophy and theology go hand in hand? (Augustine, texts from De doctrina christiana)

2)     13.10: Maimonides and the via negativa (texts from the Guide of the Perplexed)

3)     20.10: Anselm of Canterbury (texts from Monologion and Proslogion)

4)     27.10: The 13th century: universities and censorships (text: Siger of Brabant, On the intellective soul

5)     3.11: Thomas Aquinas and the project of natural theology. What can I know about God? (ST Ia q. 12 a. 4)

6)     10.11: What can I know about manhood? Aquinas against Avicenna and Averroes (ST Ia qq. 75-76)

7)     17.11: What can I know about the world? (ST Ia q. 84-85)

8)     24.11: A different project: illuminationism vs natural theology. Bonaventure (text: the scholastic sermon “Jesus my only master”)

9)     1.12: John Duns Scotus’ natural theology. How can I know God? (Ord. I.2)

10)  8.12: How can I know the world? (Ord. I.3)

11)  15.12: Scotus’ epistemology. Follow up

12)  5.1: William of Ockham (texts on intuition and abstraction from Ord. I)

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