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PHIL 7715 Science in Ancient & Medieval Thought (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will consider the notion of science put forward by Aristotle in the Posterior Analytics, Physics, and Metaphysics. We will consider both Aristotle's theory and practice and take up the epistemological and metaphysical questions related to the acquisition of scientific knowledge. We will then consider how this notion of science is received and assimilated in the Middle Ages, considering how the existent model of the "liberal arts" is displaced by Aristotelian science in the late 12th and early 13th century and considering accounts by major thinkers in the high Middle Ages such as Aquinas, Bonaventure, Scotus and Ockham.


Instructor(s): Eileen Sweeney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13