W7166
Wisdom of the Desert

The unit Wisdom of the Desert introduces students to the lives and literature of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, teaching them to read desert texts closely and critically with a view to better understanding their philosophical worldview in its ancient context and in relation to contemporary issues. It provides an introduction to philosophy in the Coptic tradition and establishes a base for further philosophical studies within that tradition.

The unit is an elective unit and forms part of a Major in Philosophy within the Bachelor awards.

 

Study Level

Undergraduate

Discipline

Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Philosophy

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

Nil

Exclusions

Nil

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the main philosophical schools of thought, leading figures, and salient ideas of Desert Christianity
  2. Trace the development of ideas throughout the period of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
  3. Analyse ancient ascetic texts to address hermeneutical and philosophical issues
  4. Write a philosophical essay using acceptable methodological conventions to incorporate primary and secondary literature
  5. Apply philosophical ideas gained from reading to issues of contemporary significance.
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