Students will be asked to write a short essay (c. 1000 words; focused on a particular passage); give a class presentation; and write a longer essay (c. 2000 words). Essays and presentations can be in English or German.
The elements will contribute to the final grade as follows: short essay 20%; class presentation 20%; longer essay 40%; attendance and contribution to class discussions 20%. At minimum, for a satisfactory grade, students must perform acceptably in all of these three elements and attend at least 80% of the course (unless given special permission for greater absence).
ABELARD, Peter, Collatio II (Dialogue between the Philosopher and the Christian), in J. Marenbon and G. Orlandi, eds., Collationes, translated by J. Marenbon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001).
AVERROES, Decisive Treatise, in his Decisive Treatise and Epistle Dedicatory, translated by C.E. Butterworth (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2001), pp. 1-33. [Parallel text, with introduction and notes]
BOETHIUS Consolation of Philosophy - many translations available,, in English, German and other languages. The best English version is that by Joel Relihan (Indianapolis and Cambridge; Hackett, 2001).
BOETHIUS OF DACIA, On the Eternity of the World, in his On the Supreme Good, on the Eternity of the World, on Dreams, translated by J.F. Wippel (Toronto, ON: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1987), pp. 36-67.
MAIMONIDES, Moses, Guide of the Perplexed, translated by S. Pines. Vol. 2 (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1974), pp. 289-333.
POMPONAZZI, On the Immortality of the Soul (De Immortalitate Animae), in E. Cassirer, P.O. Kristeller and J.H. Randall, eds., The Renaissance Philosophy of Man (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1984), pp. 280-381.
(I have given English translations, because it is on these that we shall primarily work. German translations are also available of most of these works – the texts by Maimonides and Pomponazzi are both in the Philosophische Bibliothek (Meiner); Averroes by (recommended) Frank Griffel, Berlin: Insel Verlag, 2010).
Full secondary reading lists will be issued at the time of the course. The following general surveys may be useful as Introductions:
ADAMSON, Peter, and Richard C. TAYLOR, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
DE LIBERA, Alain, La philosophie médiévale (Paris : Presses universitaires de France, 1995 – 2nd edn).
MARENBON, John, Medieval Philosophy: an Historical and Philosophical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2007).
MARENBON, John, Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
NADLER, Steven, and Tamar M. RUDAVSKY, eds., The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century. 2 Vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
PASNAU, Robert, The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy. 2 Vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
The following book (by myself) introduces many of the themes to be discussed in this course:
MARENBON, John, Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015).