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. It traces the development of ideas such as God, virtue, fortune and nature. The basic principles of philosophical discourse are also examined.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognise and describe some of the main ideas of the ancient and early medieval periods
  2. explain the transformation in philosophical thinking that occurred during the early years of the Christian period
  3. analyse and critique a philosophical text of reasonable difficulty
  4. write a well-formed philosophical essay
  5. develop a philosophical clearly in speech and writing.