HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY - Fe
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is addressed to students who already have some specific
expertise and acquaintance with medieval philosophy. It aims to enhance
students' capacity of making critical, informed and independent
judgment especially in the field of medieval philosophy, their
communication skills and continue learning (Descriptors III-V of Dublin).
In particular, the course aims to provide students with the following
knowledge and understanding skills (Descriptor I of Dublin): 1.1) detailed
knowledge of the medieval philosophical, theological and scientific
thought; 1.2) reading skills and in-depth understanding and comparison
of the classics of medieval philosophy, both in the original Latin and in
Italian translation; 1.3) critical assessment and comparison of the
different interpretations of texts and topics, and of their significance for
the historiography of medieval philosophy. The course also aims to
provide students with the following abilities to apply the acquired
knowledge and understanding skills (Descriptor II of Dublin): 2.1) writing
of text-documented and argument-based papers, practice of oral
expositions; 2.2) application to contemporary issues and debates of the
methodology and the argumentative techniques developed in the
It is recommended an acquaintance with the Latin and a good knowledge of the history of ancient and medieval philosophy
Course contents summary
The course will focus on the problem of definition and classification of the virtues, with special reference to the pattern drafted by Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica.
- Tommaso d'Aquino, La Somma teologica : testo latino dell'edizione leonina; traduzione e commento a cura dei Domenicani italiani, Bologna
-Tommaso d'Aquino, Commento all'Etica nicomachea di Aristotele ; introduzione, traduzione e glossario a cura di Lorenzo Perotto
Bologna : ESD, 1998.
- Italo Sciuto, L'etica nel medioevo : protagonisti e percorsi (5.-14. secolo) Torino : Einaudi, 2007
- István P. Bejczy, The *cardinal virtues in the Middle Ages : a study in moral thought from the fourth to the fourteenth century, Leiden [etc] : Brill 2011.
The examination program will be supplied at the beginning of the course
Seminars with active participation of the students. A final written paper is required
Assessment methods and criteria
The verification will be done through the preparation of an oral report on one of the topics of the course and the final draft of the elaborate. It will be also assessed students' participation in the entire seminar.