Great Minds I


Course Objective

The objective of this course is to acquire critical understanding of
some of the highlights of Ancient and Medieval philosophy. After this
course you will have 1) knowledge of some of the greatest thinkers from
Western philosophy in Antiquity and Middle Ages; 2) understanding of the
main questions this philosophy seeks to answer.
After this course you are able to 1) interpret philosophical texts from
Antiquity and Middle Ages; 2) use and apply some of the core concepts of
philosophy; 3) outline the development of Ancient and Medieval
philosophy in your own words

Course Content

This course treats Western philosophy from 6 BC to the 14th century AD.
It introduces you to Ancient and Medieval philosophy, by studying the
thinking of Plato, Aristotle, Bo√ęthius, Thomas Aquinas, as well as
Arabic and ancient female philosophers. We will focus on the relation
between world, knowledge and language (metaphysics, epistemology,

Teaching Methods

Interactive lecture; seminar; text analysis

Method of Assessment

Weekly assignments; final exam. The assignments should be satisfactory,
the exam determines the final grade.


Reader Great Minds I '19-'10

Target Audience

Minor students Philosophy

General Information

Course Code W_BA_MND1
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. T.M. Franssen
Examiner dr. T.M. Franssen
Teaching Staff dr. T.M. Franssen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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