Medieval Teaching Resources?
April 6, 2005 — 19:17

Author: Jeremy Pierce  Category: Teaching  Comments: 3

I’m going to be teaching an ancient and medieval course for the first time this summer. I think I’ll be fine on the ancient stuff. I’m planning to use Julia Annas’ anthology that organizes readings by topics. I’m required to cover Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Descartes(!), but I’d like to focus a good deal on the Hellenistics and Augustine as well, and I hope to do a bit on the pre-Socratics as well. I think I’m good on the ancients and ok on Augustine, as long as I can find my notes from the Hellenistic seminar Bonnie Kent did in her one graduate course in her one year at Syracuse (she spent the last two weeks on City of God).
What I don’t have much of a sense with is what to do with the medievals beyond Augustine or how to integrate him with the others (besides the Hellenistics, which I could do passably). Does anyone know of any good resources for teaching medieval philosophy, preferably online? Does anyone have any ideas as to how to integrate the later people with the earlier ones? Annas’ book organizes topically, and I’d prefer to do the whole course that way and not just for the ancient portion and then by philosopher from then on. I refuse to do the theory of forms or problem of universals in an introductory course, and much of what people talk about is related to that. Any ideas? I’m also interested in any insight into particular sections of Augustine or Aquinas that would tie in with the other philosophers I’ll be dealing with, so if anyone knows of a convenient list of those I’d appreciate it.