Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

This unit treats the history of thought in the West during the Middle Ages and up until the 17th century. This unit builds upon W7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy and in doing so continues to trace the development of ideas such as God, the soul, power, science and property.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



T7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe some of the main ideas of the medieval and early modern periods
  2. Recognise the transformation in thinking that occurred as medieval Christian thought was secularised during the 17th century
  3. Read a text of reasonable difficulty and engage in philosophical conversation
  4. Use the library for philosophical purposes
  5. Identify and explain shifts in meaning of key ideas
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