Medieval Philosophy Themes


1. Acquire a detailed knowledge of important figures in medieval philosophic thinking.
2. Acquire the ability to read critically and independently some of the fundamental philosophy texts from the medieval period.
3. Develop the ability to place ideas, methodological concepts and doctrinal positions in the historical context to which they belong.
4. Analyse specific philosophical questions from the medieval period.
5. Recognition of the ties between medieval thinking and some of today’s philosophical texts and concepts.
6. Acquire the ability to compare independently and critically the medieval and contemporary handling of similar questions.
7. Acquire a detailed knowledge of the methodological and doctrinal “conflicts” in medieval philosophy and their articulation with the philosophical questions to which they refer.
8. Acquire a basic ability to investigate questions in the Medieval Philosophy area.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Jorge de Castro Caeiro


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





THOMAS DE AQUINO, (1984) Suma Theologiae, (trad. francesa), Paris: Cerf.
THOMAS DE AQUINO, (1999) Summa Contra Gentes (trad. francesa), Paris: Gallimard
THOMAS DE AQUINO, (2003) De Malo, (trad. inglesa), Oxford, Oxford U.P.
LOIRET, F. (ed.), (2009) JEAN DUNS SCOT. La Cause du Vouloir suivi de l´Objet de la Jouissance, Paris: Les Belles Lettres.
VOS JACZN, A., et al. (ed.)., (1994) JOHN DUNS SCOTUS. Contingency and Freedom, Lectura I 39, Dordrecht: Kluwer.
WOLTER, A. (2000) John Duns Scotus. A Treatise on Potency and Act., New York: The Franciscan Institute.
WOLTER, A (1997) Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality, Washington: The Catholic University of America Press.



Teaching method

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

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

The sources of the concept of "will" and freedom. The concepts of will and freedom in Thomas de Aquino and Duns Scotus. The study and analysis of the conceptual controversy between Thomas de Aquino and Duns Scotus regarding will, its relations with the intellect and the nature of the causality pertaining to will and freedom.


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