Medieval Philosophy


1) Acquire basic knowledge of important figures in medieval philosophic thinking.
2) Acquire the ability to read and interpret some of the fundamental philosophy texts from the medieval period.
3) Acquire a basic ability to place ideas, methodological concepts and doctrinal positions in the historical context to which they belong.
4) Analyse some of the more basic and important philosophical questions from the period studied.
5) Recognition of the importance that studying medieval philosophy can have for understanding some of today•s philosophical questions.
6) Compare medieval and modern analyses of similar questions.
7) Be capable of a critical reading of the medieval historical-philosophical period and acknowledge its contribution to the formation of European mentality, culture and philosophy.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Nuno Vieira da Rosa e Ferro


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Não tem


S. AGUSTINHO, (2005), Confissões, Imprensa Nacional.
S. AGUSTINHO, (2009), Obras Filosóficas, Madrid: BAC.
S. AGUSTINHO, (2006), De Trinitate/Da Trindade, Lisboa, Paulinas.
S. AGUSTINHO, (2007), A Cidade de Deus, Lisboa, Gulbenkian.
References to Letters, Sermons, and other works are given during the course.

Teaching method

Course of theoretical-practical character. The methodology used combines a theoretical examination of questions and the int3rpretation of texts. Analysis of and commenting on the texts in question.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - Obligatory written final exam(100%)

Subject matter

S. Augustine and the concept of "man"
The fundamental structures of man.
The "natural acquaintance" with the concept of "man" and the "inquietum cor" as a basic part of human condition.
Moods and their meaning.
The "nature" of man as desire.
The possibility of death and its meaning.
The entirely formal nature of the concept of man.
Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis: formal clarification of the proposition.
The "concept" of imago Dei.
Conclusion: description, meaning and possibility of meaning concerning the question "man"


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