2023-2024 / PHIL0029-1

Philosophical texts of the middle ages


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Olivier Dubouclez

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course will study the relationship between stupidity and madness, through the notion of stultitia, in the philosophical writings of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, relying on the analyses of contemporary thinkers such as Foucault and Bakhtine.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Develop philosophical knowledge of the Middle Ages and methods of analysis and explanation of texts.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Cours d'Histoire de la Philosophie au Moyen Age (B2).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

2nd semester - Tuesday, 12:00-14:00, A2 4/15

Recommended or required readings


Anselme, Proslogion.

Thomas d'Aquin, Somme Théologique, IIa IIae, q. 46.

Mikhail Bakhtine, L'oeuvre de François Rabelais et la culture populaire au Moyen Age et sous la Renaissance, Paris, Gallimard, 1970.

Nicolas de Cues, Dialogues de l'idiot.

Érasme, Éloge de la folie.

Michel Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique, Paris, Gallimard, 1972.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Writing examen: questions focused on the course, explanations of short extracts taken from philosophical works.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


  Olivier Dubouclez
Département de Philosophie
Histoire de la philosophie moderne
Place du 20-Août, 7
B-4000 Liège
email: Olivier.Dubouclez@uliege.be

I receiv students on tuesday, 12:00-13:00. Or by appointment: olivier.dubouclez@uliege.be

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