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PPR244 Western Philsophy and Religious Thought
Tutor: Gavin Hyman
This course aims to encourage students to think philosophically about religious issues. Using the work of both classical and contemporary philosophers and religious thinkers, it addresses some of the central philosophical questions raised by religious belief. In addition, students will be encouraged to think historically and contextually, in order to understand the ways in which understandings of the role of philosophy in relation to religion in the west has changed over time. The course introduces students to the work of some of the most important philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein and the implications of their thought for religion. It will also address themes and issues which may vary from year to year but will be drawn from the following: the nature of theism, immortality, the problem of evil, religious experience and the implications of postmodern thought for religious belief.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (2 hours) weekly, and seminar (1 hour) fortnightly.
B. Davies An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
P. Sherry (ed.) Philosophers on Religion
J.J.C. Smart & J. Haldane Atheism and Theism
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