PHIL 336: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
Instructor: Jack Zupko

This course will sample intellectual riches from a thousand years of big thinkers between the fall of Roman Empire in the fifth century CE and the rise of modernity in the fifteenth. We’ll look at how the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish intellectual traditions influenced the philosophical questions we still ask today: Am I just a pawn in a cosmic chess game or are some choices genuinely up to me? How can scientists know anything for certain if error is always possible? Are there ways of finding truth that go beyond reason and sense perception?  Do human beings and rocks differ only in complexity? Does everything happen by chance? Does a good person always act rightly, regardless of the circumstances? And, the biggest question of all: What is the meaning of life?