This course provides global knowledge of the history of Western philosophy from its beginnings in ancient Greece up to the present. You learn to identify the main periods in the history of philosophy and its central developments and problems. In particular, the course will introduce you to the ideas of the main protagonists of philosophical thought within their historical context.
The course will focus on the ideas of the ‘great philosophers’ of the Western philosophical tradition. For the Antique and Medieval periods, it will deal particularly with the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine in connection with Neoplatonism, and Thomas Aquinas in the age of the universities (13th century); for the period of modern philosophy, it will discuss philosophers like Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger within the historical context of modernity and the critique of modernity.
As the course is intended for students in theology, special attention will be paid to the historical interaction between philosophy and theology, and to philosophical thought about God and religion.
This course contributes to the training of the academic skill of oral presentation.
- Book: Andrew Davison, The Love of Wisdom. An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians, SCM Press, London, 2013.
- Selection of primary philosophical texts (made available on Blackboard).