Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (used to be called History of Philosophy I)
Phil A211, section 191 - Spring 2018
THEME: Survey of primarily Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic era through the late Middle Ages. Traces development of scientific, metaphysical, epistemological and ethical thought with emphasis on pivotal historical figures and debates.
Special Note: This page links to other pages on my web site that are an important part of the syllabus. Students should select those links to become familiar with the other elements of the syllabus. On following a link a page will state that it is part of the syllabus if it is. Other links are supplied as resources for students that are interested in taking advantage of them, but if they are not specifically noted as part of the syllabus it is up to the student to pursue them or not. The purpose of this is to simplify the main page of the syllabus while supplying supplementary information as necessary or to enrich the experience of taking the course.
Students completing this course should be able to identify, comprehend, analyze, and evaluate complex philosophical arguments in oral and written discourse. They should also be able to understand, analayze, interpret, and apply major works in the areas of the History of Philosophy, Ethics, and contemporary topics.
Course grades are based on:
Exams - 50% - nine essays showing an understanding of the materials covered in class and the assigned readings in response to questions, each with a minimum of 300 words,
25% of the grade will be based on a term paper.
Response to quiz questions posed in each lecture -25%.
CLASS: Hours: Friday 6:00 P – 8:45P Room Eagle River Center 220
OFFICE: Eagle River Center by appointment. Here is my Current Schedule.
Phone: 786-4458 (office) or 694-1023 (home- please no calls after 8P). The best way to get a message to me is via e-mail. My web page is located at http://wsjamison.uaa.alaska.edu and my e-mail address is wsjamison@ALASKA.EDU. All tests and the term paper should be turned in using e-mail. This syllabus on my web site has links to other sources for many of the texts for the philosophers we will discuss. Some of the links include wonderful web pages on the various philosophers.
January 19: This lecture includes an introduction to the course and description of course requirements. We will discuss: the purpose of doing philosophy, the course readings as an "all you can eat buffet", and what the tests and quizzes will be like. Some useful links we may use for the course are listed here and a bibliography here.
Estimated reading schedule to be discussed. Lecture 2.
January 26: Lecture 3.
February 2: Lecture 5.
February 9: Lecture 7.
The Timaeus "As being is to becoming, so is truth to belief." 29c
February 16: Lecture 9.
February 23: Take this link to exam one due next week.
March 2: First exam due.
Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy 1.
March 9: Lecture 14.
Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy 2.
March 12 - 17 Spring Break no classes
March 23: Lecture 17.
The City of God
The City of God
March 30: Take this link to exam two due next week.
Early Medieval 1.
John of Salisbury
April 6: Second exam due.
Islamic and Jewish Philosophy 1.
Islamic and Jewish Philosophy and 13th Century Philosophy.
Siger of Brabant
April 13: Lecture 22.
April 20: Lecture 24.
The Principles of Nature
April 27: Lecture 26.
Late Medieval Philosophy.
William of Ockham
May 4: Third exam due. Class meets for the last time. We will watch and discuss an appropriate movie. Remember also to take the post-test to help evaluate the course on Blackboard.This syllabus may be adjusted at any time to meet the class or instructor’s requirements upon one week’s notice to students.
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