KUL HIW Research Methods Seminar Fall 2017

Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI USA & KUL DWMC

Prof. Jan Opsomer, KUL


Thomas Aquinas Fall 2014:

Theomorphism or Anthropomorphism? Conceiving God in Aquinas and his Arabic Sources

Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University, Milwaukee

(email: richard.taylor@hiw.kuleuven.be or Richard.Taylor@Marquette.edu)

Prof. Andrea Robligio, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

(email: Andrea.Robiglio@hiw.kuleuven.be)

Last website update 29 November 2013

Live Classroom Course Meeting Times*:

28 August - 18 September: Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 am U.S. Central Time

25 September - 18 December 9:00-11:00 am US Central Time / 16h-18h European Central Time

Brief Course Description

In recent years the powerful influence of the Arabic tradition on the development of the philosophical reasoning and insightful doctrines of Aquinas has been firmly established in international conference meetings and publications on Aquinas and ‘the Arabs’. In connection with that work, this course will begin with five weeks of a graduate introduction to Aquinas and then become an international collaborative graduate seminar with the subtitle,  “Theomorphism or Anthropomorphism? Conceiving God in Aquinas and his Arabic Sources.” Team taught by professors at Marquette and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, this course will have assigned readings, video lectures, an online discussion board, student presentations (beginning in the sixth week), and weekly live video meetings for two hours of discussion involving students at Marquette and KULeuven as well as other selected international auditors. The content focus will be on issues, proofs, attributes, divine actions and more with particular reference to the initial (and often lasting) reasoning of Aquinas formed in connection with his use of ideas and arguments from the Arabic tradition. The course will close with four weeks of lectures on conceptions of God developed by later thinkers in engagement with the account of Aquinas. The structure of the course will follow the model found at http://academic.mu.edu/taylorr/Aquinas_Fall_2013_MU_KUL/Course_Description.html.

Marquette grading will be based on course participation (50%) and a final professionally prepared course paper of 20-25 pp. (50%).

KUL HIW Research Methods Seminar

The KUL HIW Research Methods Seminar is a full year course. This website concerns the first half of the course taking place in Fall 2017.  The Fall portion of the course is divided into major two parts. Medieval Philosophy with focus on the study of five major issues on which the Arabic philosophical tradition played key roles in the development of the philosophical and theological thought of Thomas Aquinas led by Prof. Richard Taylor and (ii) Ancient Philosophy led by Prof. Jan Opsomer.

Brief Description (update forthcoming)

      In Fall 2017 . . . .

13 class meetings:

26 September     

5 October

12 October

19 October

26 October

2 November

9 November

16 November

23 November

30 November

7 December

14 December

21 December

     All detailed information concerning the articulation of the topic, the required readings and further bibliography will be provided in the detailed syllabi for the courses at MU and KUL.

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