Course: Theory of Science of Thomas Aquinas

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Course title Theory of Science of Thomas Aquinas
Course code KFI/TVTA
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Machula Tomáš, prof. Ph.D., Th.D.
Course content
The seminary consists of sequential going through the Aquinas' commentary on Boethius' De Trinitate. Each seminary has one topic related with the read text.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 14 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The seminary belongs to the set of medieval seminaries for master programme Philosophy. It introduces to deeper knowledge of fundamental epistemological question in the perspective of Thomas Aquinas.
Student is thoroughly acquainted with Thomistic approach to epistemology. He/she knows well Aquinas' writing on the relevant topic and is able to compare it with different approaches.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Test

1. active participation on seminaries (60 %). In the beginning of every seminary reading a written test will be given (succes rate 70 %) - in case of 8 successful tests, no seminary essay is needed 2. seminary essay: exposition and commentary to one Aquinas text (cca 2 pages)
Recommended literature
  • Machula, T. Rozdělení a metody vědy podle Tomáše Akvinského, in: Tomáš Akvinský, Rozdělení a metody vědy, Praha: Krystal OP 2005, s. 8-25.
  • Maurer, A. Introduction, in: Thomas Aquinas, Faith, reason and theology, Toronto: PIMS 1987, s. vii-xxxviii.
  • Tomáš Machula. Boží Trojice, rozum, víra a věda. Praha - Č. Budějovice, 2014.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter