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Medieval Philosophy - Time, metaphysics and Mind II



The course is designed as an introduction to the topics of being, time and eternity and their relationships in medieval philosophy.



While the topic of time and diachronic identity is a non-issue throughout the scholastic era (with some interesting exceptions), reflection on God's eternity and on his relationship to temporal entities is of central importance within medieval philosophy. In this course, the questions considered in Being, Time and Eternity I remain the same but it is the answers to them given by medieval authors such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm of Canterbury, Avicenna, Averroes, Alexander of Hales, Albert the Great, Bonaventure, Henry of Ghent, and by some contemporary philosophers which are presented and evaluated.



The course consists of a series of lectures alternating with presentations given by students and general discussions. The students will be required to submit regular written work and produce a research paper at the end of the course.



Craig W. L. (2001), God, Time and Eternity: the Coherence of Theism II: Eternity. Dordrecht: Kluwer

Dales, R.C. (1990), Medieval Discussions of the Eternity  of the World. Leiden: Brill.

Kenny, A. (20012), The God of the Philosophers, Oxford: OUP.

Kukkonen, T. (2012), Eternity, in: Marenbon J., The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, Oxford: OUP, 525-546.

Fox, R. (2006), Time and Eternity in Mid-Thirtheenth-Century Thought, Oxford: OUP.

Geach, P. (1977), Providence and Evil, Cambridge: CUP

Helm, P, (2010), Eternity, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,


Mullins, R.T. (2016), The End of the Timeless God. Oxford: OUP.

Porro P. (ed.) (2001), The Medieval Concept of Time. Studies in the Scholastic Debate and its

Reception in Early Modern Philosophy, Leiden: Brill.



Ventimiglia G.

Course director

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Academic year
Master of Arts in Philosophy, Core course, 1st year