Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., E.H.D.
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to topics of medieval philosophy and of individual medieval philosophers by exploring the background to a particular philosophical issue and studying the way a number of medieval authors dealt with the issue. Such topics are God, metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology and ethics. This approach allows the student to see the advantages and disadvantages to various solutions to the philosophical topic under study, using the medieval thinkers as their guide. It also gives the student the historical background and contextual practice they need to be able to read and understand unfamiliar medieval philosophical texts. The course will also attempt to relate these topics to contemporary theology and unpack their relevance to current ecclesial practice, e.g., the sacraments.