Philosophy of religion
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HP208
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of religion, that is the philosophical assessment, critique and defence of religious claims. Despite the rise of various forms of secularism, mainly in the West, religion continues to play an important role in the culture and politics of many societies and in the lives of many individuals. Philosophy of religion is where the philosophical methods meet far-reaching religious doctrines, and where we deal with big questions that go to the very essence of what it means to be human.
What will we cover?
We will cover some of the main questions in the philosophy of religion, such as:
Does the concept of God make sense?
Different conceptions of the nature of God
Arguments for and against the existence of God
The problem of evil
The problem of divine hiddenness
The relationship between science and religion
G W Leibniz and his concept of God
The relationship of philosophy of religion with other branches of philosophy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to discuss some of the central ‘Big Questions’ in the philosophy of religion and would be better equipped to consider them regardless of your personal beliefs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous study of philosophy or religion is required. An enthusiasm for learning as well as on open and critical mind will enhance your enjoyment and benefit from this course. On joining this course you should be able to read and comment upon extracts from a philosophical text, therefore good understanding of English is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered over a morning and afternoon session, with a lunch break in between, using audio-visual presentations, handouts, tutor presentation and group discussion. No work outside the class is required. At the end of the course a list of Recommended Reading will be provided, as well as pointers to further study, formal and informal, in the philosophy of religion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs are involved. You are recommended to bring a notepad and pen to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check City Lit's website for full details of forthcoming philosophy courses.