This page features a collection of the best resources on Medieval philosophy. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of medieval philosophy:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Medieval Philosophy. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 9500 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces medieval philosophy:
“‘Medieval philosophy’ refers to philosophy in Western Europe during the “medieval” period, the so called “Middle Ages.” The notion of a “Middle Age” (or plural “Middle Ages”) was introduced in the fifteenth century for the period between the decline of classical pagan culture in Western Europe and what was taken to be its rediscovery during the Renaissance. The first known documented use of the expression (in the form ‘media tempestas’) is from 1469….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Peter Adamson discuss Medieval Philosophy on the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast [20 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on Medieval Philosophy.
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