This is a paper that is requiring the student to write an evaluative comparison of the general metaphysical views. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment paper. Below is a description of the assignment details to use:
Write an evaluative comparison of the general metaphysical views
Write an evaluative comparison of the general metaphysical views of ancient sources with medieval sources. Particularly represented by Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas. Note that the reaction paper could mean a philosophical reflection, a summary of topics taken, and a personal evaluation on what was covered from Module V-IX. Kindly recheck the criteria for assessing a reaction paper in the syllabus and course expectation. You will limit your paper to at least 1000 words or simply two to three paragraphs.
You must build your essay through the following points:
1. 1. After reading the article “Medieval Philosophy” from the web, Stanford Encyclopedia of philosophy and reviewing what we have learned from the ancient (Greek) sources of metaphysics (Summary and Reflections). Explain the sharp contrast between the Ancient/Greek philosophy with Medieval Philosophy in general.
2. 2. Compare the views and methods used by the Greeks thinkers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) with the Medieval thinkers (Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas) regarding their view on reality, nature and existence of God, immortality of soul, human nature, etc. Review the content of Augustine’s Confession, Anselm’s Proslogion, and also Aquinas’ Summa Theologica as excerpted in the textbook.
3. 3. Thirdly, evaluate by stating in your own words the positive and negative views which you discovered from both Greek and medieval metaphysics. Which of the two metaphysical sources would modern culture prefer to take as a good standpoint for explaining issues regarding nature of reality, human nature, and existence of God? Do you personally think that spiritualistic interpretation of reality (use of religion) makes more sense than the materialistic understanding of reality (use of science)? Explain your answer.