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
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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.

Schedule

PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29218
Open
11
 
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
29219
Open
4
 
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for PHIL 262.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for PHIL 262 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)