PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to the philosophy of religion. The focus is on issues concerning the "God of the philosophers," conceived as a supremely perfect being. Topics include the viability of the main traditional arguments for the existence of God so conceived (namely, the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments), the question of whether a convincing argument for the existence of God is even required for theistic belief, the nature and cogency of the attributes of a supremely perfect being (such as eternity, omniscience and omnipotence), the question of whether the presence of evil in the world is compatible with the existence of such a being, and the dispute between "pluralists," who hold that the major religions offer different routes to the same God, and "exclusivists," who hold that there is only one correct path to God and salvation.

Course Requirements:

2 papers (1000-1250 words), a midterm and a final. Readings will include 1-2 articles for every lecture.

Intended Audience:

Appropriate for students of all backgrounds, including first-year undergraduates. No previous work in philosophy or religious studies will be assumed.

Class Format:

Two hour-long lectures and two hour-long discussion sections per week.


PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 9:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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