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?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details