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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 124 (GH) Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3) Explores the meaning of religious belief and experience, the existence of God, ideas of spirituality, and the question of immortality.

PHIL 124 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 424: Philosophy of Religion). PHIL 124 is designed to give students a coherent overview of the various dimensions of religion elucidated when religion is examined from a philosophical perspective. Topics explored in class will include religious belief, religious experience and spirituality, arguments for the existence of God, contemporary philosophical problems in their relation to religion, religion and science, as well as religion and the future. The class will also examine the differences between Western, Eastern, and other conceptions of religion and spirituality. Major historical authors and their works will be examined, including Anselm, Aquinas, Confucius, Descartes, Lao Tse, and Peirce. Students will be required to compare and contrast differing perspectives towards religion, as well as to critically evaluate these positions. The class will also be oriented towards making relevant connections between historical and contemporary views and issues. Students will be graded on participation, comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 124 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered every other year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003
Prerequisite: third-semester standing

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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