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Level 7

7AAN2045 Medieval Philosophy


Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Professor Christopher Hughes


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks. 
Additional information: the initial lecture hour will be shared with students taking 6AANB023 Medieval Philosophy, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements.
Pre-requisites: none, though some familiarity with metaphysics and philosophical logic is helpful.
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2045 module syllabus 2016-17.

This year the topics will be;

  • Augustine on free will and knowability
  • Aquinas on Divine Simplicity
  • Ockham on Tropes and Universals

Further information

Module aims

Getting a sense of the contributions of medieval philosophers to philosophy, especially in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and philosophical theology.

Learning outcomes

Having a better idea of what some medievals thought about some things & how defensible what they thought is.

Past syllabi

7AAN2045 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2045 module syllabus 2013-14
7AAN2045 module syllabus 2014-15
7AAN2045 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading
  • Augustine, on the Free Choice of Will on Grace and Free Choice
  • Aquinas, On Being and Essence, On the Principles of Nature, On Spiritual Creatures, Ockham, Predestination, God’s Foreknowledge and Future Contingents (ed. Adams & Kretzmann) 
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