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*Format Change: Introduction to Medieval Philosophy | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

Please note: This course will no longer meet in-person. We'll meet instead via Livestream Zoom.
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"Fides quaerens intellectum" (“faith seeking understanding”), which could summarize the spirit and intellectual efforts of medieval Christian thought, was the motto of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109). In constant dialogue with the classical traditions of Greece and Rome, medieval Latin thinkers advanced philosophy and science in the ambit of Christian faith from a desire to better understand God and the natural order. Long a neglected period, the Middle Ages are now widely acknowledged to have been a fertile era in the history of Western philosophy.

In this course, we'll explore two authors who contributed to the build-up of later medieval philosophy. First, we'll read St. Augustine’s (354-430) masterly Confessions, wherein the theologian recounts his personal journey from paganism to Christianity in the form of an address to God that culminates in metaphysical reflections on the nature of time and eternity. Then, we'll look at Anselm’s Why God Became Man and his celebrated Proslogion introducing the famous “ontological argument” for the existence of God that continues to influence speculation down to the present day.

 

Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


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Day/Time

Wednesdays, Apr. 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25 *3:30 – 5:00 p.m.* (5 sessions)

Location

Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.

Facilitator:

Thomas Zebrowski, Ph.D., received a doctorate in religion from the University of Chicago and a master’s in theology from Oxford. He is a realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty in Carmel.