Philosophy of Religion: Defenders and Critics - ARTS2382

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

Excluded: ARTS2370

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Philosophy

In this course, you will study key ideas in philosophy of religion including: conceptions of deity, cosmos, life and death, human society, the natural environment, human action, and ritual and ethical practices. You will investigate some of these topics: how religious ideas are expressed and justified in different religions; how thinkers such as Anselm and Aquinas, and contemporary philosophers, make a case for the existence of God; critiques of religion by influential critiques of religion by thinkers such as Hume, Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Freud and others; the concept of evil; religion and morality; religion and gender; miracles; free will and determinism and the meaning of life. Key questions you will explore include: Did the universe have a cause? Is the order and regularity in the world evidence of intelligent purpose and design, or are they the result of mere chance? Are science and religion compatible? Is there a realm of understanding which is beyond scientific knowledge?

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