M-FIL/08 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Be aware of the link between society, philosophical ideas and practices in the Middle Ages through the deepening of conceptual structures that characterize the increasing ability to respond appropriately to demand of rationality. Acquire for this purpose a method of critical reading and interpretation of medieval philosophical texts.

Course Structure

The teaching method is based on the deepening of the main themes of the history of medieval thought and philosophy during frontal lessons, which take into account the needs and shortcomings of the students. This needs highlighted in the interaction in which the training relationship consists.

Detailed Course Content

The main historiographic “strands” related to medieval philosophy; selection of complete editions and specialized studies devoted to texts and authors of the logical-linguistic and philosophical-naturalistic tradition and its “enrichment” for the influence of Greek and Arabic cultural areas.

Textbook Information

A. John Scotus Eriugena's Idea of Nature (3 CFU, 415 pp.)


- Giovanni Scoto, Sulle nature dell’universo. Libro I, a cura di Peter Dronke, Mondadori (Fondazione Lorenzo Valla), Milano 2012, pp. ix-lxxiii, 3-231 (solo pagine dispari).

- Concetto Martello, Analogia e fisica in Giovanni Scoto, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1990, pp. 11-152.


B. Logic and Semantics (3 CFU, 400 pp.)


La logica nel medioevo, a cura di Norman Kretzmann, Anthony Kenny, Jan Pinborg, Jaca Book, Milano 1999, pp. 33-101.

Pietro Ispano, Trattato di logica. “Summulae logicales”, a cura di Angelo Ponzio, Bompiani, Milano 2004, pp. v-xli; 3-595 (solo pagine dispari)


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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