1.4 — Medieval Religious Writers — Class Content

Meeting Dates

Thursday, September 1, 2022


Today we discuss the Medieval writers.


Required Readings

  • St. Thomas Aquinas & skim Summa Theologica in Reader
  • Ch.2 (Early Preclassical Economic Thought) in Landreth & Colander

Blaug unfortunately does not cover anything before mercantilism & the physiocrats.

Questions to Help Your Reading

  • What topics does Aquinas cover in his writings?
  • What questions is he interested in?
  • What is his style of inquiry?
  • What does he say about whether prices are “just”?
  • What is his view on usury?
  • How does he engage with “the philosopher” (Aristotle)?


Below, you can find the slides in two formats. Clicking the image will bring you to the html version of the slides in a new tab. The lower button will allow you to download a PDF version of the slides.


You can type h to see a special list of viewing options, and type o for an outline view of all the slides.

I suggest printing the slides beforehand and using them to take additional notes in class (not everything is in the slides)!


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Participation/Discussion Board Posts Due 8 PM Fri Sep 2

This week’s graded discussion is worth 5 points, and can be a combination of discussion in class, and/or posts on the Blackboard Discussion Board by 8 PM this Friday September 2.