W7106
Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy

This unit provides an introduction to philosophy by considering its origins in Greek thought and its encounter with Christianity during the early Middle Ages. This unit traces the development of ideas such as God, virtue, fortune and nature. The basic principles of philosophical discourse are also examined.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Discipline

Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Philosophy

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

Nil

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Recognise some of the main ideas of the ancient and medieval periods
  2. Appreciate the transformation in philosophical thinking that occurred during the early centuries of the Christian period
  3. Read a philosophical text of reasonable difficulty
  4. Write a philosophical essay
  5. Apply ideas gained from reading in speech and writing