Reason Against Itself|
Medieval thought and invention, encapsulated in writing, reading, and material creation, stand at the beginning of most European developments. This course will expose students both to the variety and intensity of medieval thinking and the institutions of education and technology that the Middle Ages initiated and sustained. Among the topics to be discussed are the nature of medieval memory and literacy, the medieval university, and schools, but the focus will generally be on key texts and their contexts, preeminenlty their authors. Thus we shall read Augustine, Abelard, Anselm and Aquinas, Hildegard, Catherine of Siena, and Christine de Pisan. Stress will be given to the social and power aspects of intellectual life.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Marcia Colish, Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition
Abelard, Sic et Non
Anselm, Major Writings
Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Augustine, On Christian Learning and Confessions
Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue
Christine de Pisan, Selected Writings
Hildegard of Bingen, Secrets of God
Nicholas of Cusa, Catholic Concordance
A Scholastic Miscellany: Anselm to Ockham
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses.
Class background presentations.
Two term papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Two meetings with professor on research.
Students will also make several brief informational presentations on adjunct topics.
|Instructor(s): Shaw,Gary Times: ..T.... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 21||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: X|
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