Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE History of Philosophy: (a) Ancient Philosophy and (b) Medieval Philosophy

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course




DESCRIPTION History of Philosophy I (Ancient)


A critical study of the history of ancient philosophy, from Thales to Plotinus.

Reading List:

- Barnes, J., Early Greek Philosophy, Penguin, London, 1987
- Friggieri, J., In-Nisga tal-Hsieb, Media Centre, Malta, 2000
- Irwin, T., Classical Thought, OUP, Oxford, 1989

History of Philosophy II (Medieval)


The study-unit aims to help students acquire a basic knowledge of the development of western thought during the MiddleAges.

The introductory lectures set out the peculiar features, the different phases, the main topics and currents of Medieval Philosophy, and describe briefly the more important historical events bearing on it. The rest of the course is dedicated to a detailed discussion of some aspects of the major thinkers' philosophical contributions. The topics discussed are necessarily limited in number and may vary from year to year.

Reading List:

- Copleston, F., A History of Medieval Philosophy, London, 1972
- Copleston, F., A History of Philosophy, Vol II: Augustine to Scotus; Vol III: Ockham to Suarez,
- Burns & Oates, London, 1950-1953
- Gilson, E., History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages, Sheed and Ward, London 1989
- Knowles, D., The Evolution Medieval Thought, 2nd ed., Longman, London 1988
- Leff, G., Medieval Thought: St Augustine to Ockham, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth 1958
- Marenbon, J., Early Medieval Philosophy, Routledge, London 1994
- Marenbon, J., Later Medieval Philosophy, Routledge London, 1993


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S John Avellino
Joseph Friggieri


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