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The Medieval Mind

Semester and Year SP 2007
Course Number K20.1135
Section 001
Days Wed
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM


The cultural legacy of the Middle Ages continues to challenge and enchant us: its soaring architecture, its large philosophical and theological questions, its magnificent art, literature, and music. This course explores the genius of the medieval mind and its transcendent vision of life. A major focus of the course will be a study of the Realist-Nominalist controversy spurred by Aquinas and Ockham and its effect on writers such as Chaucer and Dante, as well as on the painting, music, and architecture of the period. Readings may include selections from Dante's Inferno, Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and the writings of the Pearl Poet. The course may include field trips to the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a performance of medieval music.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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