Truth in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Truth in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Classics, History, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In order to successfully complete this course, the student needs to
    - acquire knowledge of several ancient and medieval theories of truth;
    - gain insight into the metaphysical and epistemological presuppositions underlying those theories of truth.
    After completion of this course, students will have further developed their skills of textual analysis, of reflecting on and comparing the
    theories expounded in philosophical texts (in translation); evaluating secondary literature on those texts; formulating their own questions on
    and analyses of the material.

    This elective is all about ancient and medieval theories of truth and the ontological and epistemological presuppositions underlying them. We will discuss questions regarding the relation between metaphysical truth and propositional truth, the nature of falsity, different views on the (im)possibility of cognising truth, and the role of truth in living the good life.
    We will start in classical Athens and end in the fourteenth century. This class relates directly to past and future research of several members of the department.

    This course will be a combination of interactive lecture and seminar.

    One small assignment for each seminar (formative).
    Two 1500 word essays (50% each).


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