University of Tennessee, Martin





Course Section: 01

Course Title: The Ancient and Medieval Mind

Meeting Time and Place: Humanities 215

Course Credit Hours: 3

Text Book: Essential Selections in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, edited by James Fieser

Posted online for free at

 Faculty Contact Information:

Dr. James Fieser

Office: Humanities 216A

Office Hours: MWF 1:00-2:00, and by appointment

Phone: 881-7537 (Office)      588-2791 (Home)




            Course Description (from UTM Catalog): An examination of the leading philosophical ideas from ancient Greece through the medieval period. Figures may include pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophers, Augustine, Maimonides, and Aquinas.

            Course Resources: all material for this course is posted at (this material is not on Blackboard).

            Philosophy Major Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the philosophy program, students will be able to (1) Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of metaphysical, epistemological, and value theories in philosophy; (2) Apply specialized knowledge of key philosophical issues and philosophers; (3) Analyze and interpret major texts and arguments in philosophy; (4) Apply the main rules of philosophical argumentation and logic; (5) Defend/refute philosophical positions in writing.

            Course Communications: email will be the primary means of communication outside of class. I try to answer all email messages within a few hours. During the semester I will email a few short messages to the entire class.



            Reading Assignments: All reading material for this course, and the order of the reading assignments, is provided on the course web page.

            Tests: Three tests will be given throughout the semester consisting of about 40-60 multiple choice questions each. Students who miss class on test days may be penalized.

            Study Questions: All of the reading material in the course has accompanying study questions, which will be posted on the web. The questions are due three times during the semester on test day. Instructions are provided on the course web page.

            Term Paper Assignments: Students must write one term paper for this course, which will be due approximately one month before the end of the semester.

            Attendance: Attendance is expected and will be taken regularly; poor attendance may adversely affect your grade by 5-15 points. You are allowed six discretionary absences, with no penalty. If you go over six, I will only evaluate the legitimacy of excuses on finals day, so you need to save all your written excuses until that time; please do not show them to me until then.

            Eight Commandments of Class Conduct: Violation of the following may result in deducted points or worse: (1) Do not show up late for class; (2) Put away all electronic devices; (3) Do not sneak out of class after attendance. (4) Do not leave the room once class starts unless you tell me beforehand; (5) Do not chat with students around you; (6) Do not study material for a different class during this one; (7) Do not be disrespectful to me or other students in the room; (8) Do not pack your things until I tell you that class is over.

            Course Grade: Final grades will be determined according to the total points from the three exams, plus proper submission study questions and essays. Please note that you cannot pass this class without completing all of your written assignments.

            Extra Credit and Lottery Scholarships: No extra credit will be available for this course; students on scholarships should take particular note of this.



            Exam Schedule:

First exam: Wednesday, September 21

Second exam: Wednesday, October 26

Third exam: Tuesday, December 6, 12:45



            Academic Integrity: The University of Tennessee at Martin has chosen as its primary objective quality undergraduate education. Commitment to this objective must include an obligation by all members of the University community to promote and protect the highest standards of integrity in study, research, instruction and evaluation. Dishonesty or unethical behavior does not belong at an institution dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and learning. Integrity of the academic process requires fair and impartial evaluation by faculty and honest academic conduct by students. Specific integrity attributes can be found:

            Standard of Conduct: When persons enroll in The University of Tennessee at Martin, they retain the rights and duties of a citizen. Additionally, they must assume the duties and observe the regulations imposed by the University community.  Specific conduct attributes can be found:

            Disability Services: The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities. Students who are eligible for and who request accommodations through the Disability Services office must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation. The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center, 203 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.