MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY: CONCLUSION
Medieval philosophy is kind of peculiar: ﬁrst of all, not sure what philosophy is. not sure what medieval is either.
everyone we read construed their project as a theological one. They were all theologians. So everything we are
dealign with here is theology permeating the boundaries of what is 'philosophy'. The time frame is weird too. The
geography is also huge. Why 400 ad? why not 500? etc. The borders are porous.
What medieval philosophy is: a passing on of a tremendous tradition of thought that gives modern philosophy its
Medieval philosophy uniﬁes ancient philosophy and judeo-christian thought. An attempt to join faith and reason.
ancient philosophy (reason) modern philosophy
judeochristian theology (faith) religion
A basic attempt to unify faith and reason.
that is part of the unifying feature to medieval philosophy, but it is a very general picture. for it to be true in even a
general way, the questions we ask today have to have been inﬂuenced by medieval philosophy.
contemporary ø hinges on what was set in the medieval period.
when you read descartes, you need to understand something of scotus. his notion of objectivity is extraordinarily
important. descartes is taking sides on a debate between thomas and scotus. he wasn't the ﬁrst one to be a skeptic
(his project is antiskeptical but where did those skeptical concerns come from? medieval period).
at the very end of 'medievalism' comes William of Ockham, which it is too bad we didn't get a chance to read!
what he is talking about in his razor is not just a scien