History of Medieval Philosophy

M-FIL/08 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Acquire a first awareness of the link between society, philosophical ideas and practices in the Middle Ages through the highlighting of the paths for which to define and mature a demand of rationality. Make an initial experience of critical reading of medieval philosophical texts.

Detailed Course Content

History of philosophical thought from late antiquity to humanism, with particular reference to the Latin language and cultural dynamics which constitute the original contribution of the schools to the definition of the logical and linguistic procedures, as well as to the “growth” of knowledge, through what remains in cultural circles of the ancient philosophical tradition and of the arabic and scientific experiences and mediations.

Textbook Information

A. The History and the Problems (5 CFU, 560 pp.)


- Michela Pereira, La filosofia nel Medioevo, Carocci, Roma 2008, pp. 69-254.

- Kurt Flasch, Introduzione alla filosofia medievale, Torino, Einaudi, 2002 (pp. 3-246).

- Mariateresa Fumagalli Beonio Brocchieri, Il pensiero politico medievale, Laterza, Roma/Bari 2000 (pp. 28-40; 82-198).


B. Theoloogy and Ethics in Peter Abelard (4 CFU, 436 pp.)


- Abelardo, Teologia del Sommo bene, a cura di Marco Rossini, Bompiani, Milano 2003, pp. 7-307.

- Pietro Abelardo, Etica, a cura di Mariateresa Fumagalli Beonio Brocchieri, Mimesis, Milano 2014, pp. 9-143.


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