Kierkegaard and the possibility of God
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HP055
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
A philosophical examination as to whether God is necessary for a Kierkegaardian account of faith. Might an ‘existential’ understanding of religion replace belief in God with a faith in eternal being?
What will we cover?
Kierkegaard’s account of despair in ‘The Sickness unto Death’ and its relation to his account of faith in ‘Fear and Trembling’.
• Kierkegaard’s conception of God and whether his philosophy really needs God at all.
• Might ‘eternity’ (or being as eternal) replace God?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Discuss whether Kierkegaard’s philosophy requires God.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge is assumed. A willingness to critically examine concepts and some basic familiarity with discussion/debate, argument and evaluation will be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No
outside work is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in this tutor's next weekend course: HP090 - The philosophy of Machiavelli.
From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.
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