PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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This course is an introduction to the philosophy of religion. For the portion of the class in which we will be looking at Judeo-Christian and Islamic intellectual traditions, we will discuss topics such as the viability of the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments for the existence of God conceived as a supremely perfect being; the question of whether a convincing argument for the existence of God is even required for theistic belief; the nature of the attributes of a supremely perfect being (such as eternity, omniscience, and omnipotence), as well as the question of whether the presence of evil in the world is compatible with the existence of such a being. In this class we will also be looking at examples from the Vedic and Upanishadic literature, early Theravada Buddhist literature, and classical Chinese religious and philosophical literature. In this portion of the class the topics we will discuss include the relationship between one’s self and the world, motivation for moral behavior, and arguments for/against fatalism. A side goal of the course is to utilize this comparative approach to discuss the ways in which the very definitions of the divine, “supernatural” or even immaterial are shaped by the intellectual milieu in which they are developed.


PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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