History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB116
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
Contactperson for the course
dr. A.H. Lammer
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A.H. Lammer
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A.H. Lammer
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • sketch important developments of premodern philosophy from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period;
  • recognize and evaluate the central topics and arguments of especially ancient and medieval philosophy; and
  • read and discuss complex texts against the background of their historical and philosophical context.
This course provides a first introduction to the history of ancient and medieval philosophy, covering themes and aspects from more than two millennia of philosophical activity from the sixth century BC up to the sixteenth century AD. We will use a well-known work by the Arabic philosopher al-Fārābī (d. 339/950) as our guide to ancient and medieval philosophy: The Principles of the Opinions of the Inhabitants of the Virtuous City. Our collective reading of the text will be accompanied by shorter lectures that connect its contents with some pertinent highlights from the thought of the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle, the Late Ancient schools of philosophy alongside various thinkers from both the Christian, the Islamic, and the Jewish traditions as well as the European Renaissance. The overall aim is to acquire a sense of the foundations of premodern philosophy and an understanding of its rich historical development.
Test information
The course grade will be determined through a digital multiple choice test.
The text will be made available in digital form.
Instructional modes

Digital exam
Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2, Block SEM2