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180063 VO History of Philosophy II : Middle Ages and Early Modern Period BEd (2020S)

für das Lehramt

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 13.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 20.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 27.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 03.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 24.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 08.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 15.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 22.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 29.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 05.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 12.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß
Friday 19.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal III NIG Erdgeschoß


Aims, contents and method of the course

Lecture series with optional Q&As via moodle.

This lecture series provides an introductory survey of typical philosophical topics which originated from the reception of antique philosophy in the middle ages and the early modern period.
Aim: To provide a survey of medieval philosophy and discuss the contemporary interest in these historical matters.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written final exam (90 minutes).
If you need to make use of a German dictionary, you will have to hand in the dictionary before the exam for a general check.

Update due to Covid-19 dated April 21, 2020:

The exam for this lecture series takes place digitally in the format of a multiple choice exam with ten partially open questions. The assignment of grades remains as described below. By registering for this digital exam, you agree to this exam mode. A second, third or fourth exam date, which may also be carried out online, may differ formally from the first date or the previous dates.

The digital written test is carried out using Moodle. As a student you have to log in with your u:account and thereby confirm your identity. Additional identification methods are not planned.

Number of possible exams:
By registering for this digital exam, you agree to its exam mode. The number of tries for exams will be as usual (i. e. there are four possible examinations per course).

Examination supervision:
In the case of digital written exams, at least one competent person will be announced (on the cover sheet of the exam) who may be reached digitally before, during and after the exam and who is available for questions about the exam and any (technical) problems. If you have technical problems, you can also contact the ZID helpdesk.

Examination inspection:
Online exams can also be inspected by the student wondering about his/her grade. Students should contact their examiners.

By participating in the digital written exam, you declare solving all posed questions independently and without the help of third parties. The test may be subjected to a plagiarism check (Turnitin). The teacher can also contact you for further oral questioning about the subject of the examination within the assessment period of four weeks. This can also be done on a random basis and without any specific suspicion of cheating.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The written exam consists of ten questions, each complete and correct answer is awarded 10 points.
Grading scale:
60 points and less: fail;
61-70 points: sufficient;
71-80 points: satisfactory;
81-90 points: good;
91-100 points: very good.

Examination topics

To pass the final exam one needs to have understood the material presented in class.

Reading list

A selection of the texts provided in Moodle:
Adamson, Peter (2010): „Freedom and Determinism“, in: Robert Pasnau (Hg.): The Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Vol. 1), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 399-413.
Anselm von Canterbury (1968): „De Grammatico“, in: Ders.: Opera Omnia. Hg. von F[ranciscus] S[alesius] Schmitt. Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: Frommann, 145–168.
Aurelius Augustinus (2007): Vom Gottesstaat [413-426]. Aus dem Lat. übertr. von Wilhelm Thimme. München: dtv.
Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus (1968): The Theological Tractates / The Consolation of Philosophy. Lat./Engl., Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press (= Loeb Classical Library 74).
Capella, Martianus (2005): „Viertes Buch: Die Dialektik“, in: Ders.: Die Hochzeit der Philologia mit Merkur (De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii), übers. von Hans Günter Zekl. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 123–156.
Bruno, Giordano (1999): „Über das Unendliche, das Universum und die Welten (De l’infinito universo et mondi)“ in: Elisabeth von Samsonov (Hg.)(1999): Philosophie jetzt! Giordano Bruno. München: dtv, 435–464.
Erisman, Christophe (2007): „The Logic of Being: Eriugena’s Dialectical Ontology“, Vivarium 45, 203–218.
Frede, Michael (1999): „Monotheism and Pagan Philosophy in Later Antiquity“, in: Polymnia Athanassiadi u. Michael Frede (Hg.): Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity. Oxford: Clarendon Press, S. 41–67.
Hall, Alexander W. (2008): „John Buridan: On Aristotle’s Categories“, in: Lloyd A. Newton (Hg.): Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s Categories. Leiden u. Boston: Brill, 295–316.
Ijsseling, Samuel (1988): „Augustinus und die Rhetorik“, in: Ders.: Rhetorik und Philosophie. Eine historisch-systematische Einführung. Stuttgart: frommann-holzboog, S. 63–69.
Jacobi, Klaus (2000): „Peter Abaelard. Unterscheidungswissen“, in: Theo Kobusch (Hg.): Philosophen des Mittelalters. Eine Einführung. Darmstadt: WBG, 54–66.
King, Peter (2015): „Thinking about Things. Singular Thought in the Middle Ages.“, in: Gyula Klima (Hg.): Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy. New York: Fordham University Press, 104–121.
Lagercrantz, Olof (1965): „Die Engel“, in: Ders.: Von der Hölle zum Paradies. Dante und die Göttliche Komödie. Frankfurt a. Main: Insel, 231–245.
Lenz, Martin (2008): „Why Can’t Angels Think Properly? – Ockham against Chatton and Aquinas.“, in: Isabel Iribarren u. Martin Lenz (Hg.): Angels in Medieval Philosophical Inquiry. Their Function and Significance. Farnham [et al.]: Ashgate, 155–167.
Marenbon, John (2002): „Some Semantic Problems in Anselm’s De grammatico“, in: Michael W. Herren (Hg.): Latin Culture in the Eleventh Century. Proceedings of the Third International Coference on Medieval Latin Studies, Cambridge, Sept. 9–12, 1998. Turnhout: Brepols, 73–86.
Meister Eckhart (2008a): „Predigt Nr. 52 ,Beati pauperes spiritu …‘“, in: ders.: Predigten. Text u. Kommentar. Stuttgart: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 551-563.
Meister Eckhart (2008b): „Expositio Sancti Evangelii secundum Iohannem“ (= Text), in: ders.: Predigten. Traktate. Stuttgart: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 487-537.
Meister Eckhart (2008c): „Expositio Sancti Evangelii secundum Iohannem“ (= Kommentar), in: ders.: Predigten. Traktate. Stuttgart: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 835-867.
Perler, Dominik (2012): „Zweifel am demonstrativen Wissen (Nikolaus von Autrécourt und Johannes Buridan)“, in: Ders.: Zweifel und Gewissheit. Skeptische Debatten im Mittelalter. Frankfurt: Klostermann, 309–401.
Pluta, Olaf (2001): „Atheismus im Mittelalter“, in: Klaus Kahnert u. Burkhard Mojsisch (Hg.): Umbrüche. Historische Wendepunkte der Philosophie von der Antike bis zur Neuzeit. Festschrift für Kurt Flasch zu seinem 70. Geburtstag. Amsterdam u. Philadelphia: B.R. Grüner, 117-130.
Valla, Lorenzo (2012): Dialectical Disputations. Vol. 2, Book 2/3. Hg. und übers. von Brian P. Copenhaver und Lodi Nauta. Cambridge, Mass. u. London, England: Harvard University Press (= ITRL 50).

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