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DR2066: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (2017-2018)

Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 15:06


Course Overview

This course investigates basic questions about the nature and rationality of religious beliefs and practices. We’ll think together about such topics as arguments for the existence of God, the concept and attributes of God, the nature of religious language, the problem of evil, the question of miracles, and the challenges of religious pluralism. We’ll do this in part by reading and debating in tutorials short classic texts in long tradition of Philosophy of Religion. The course presumes no previous philosophical knowledge, only a keen interest in thinking patiently and critically about subject matter.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Rev David Emerton

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR2566 Introduction to Philosophy and Religion (Studied)
  • PH2023 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (Studied)
  • PH2523 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The Philosophy of Religion investigates fundamental and longstanding questions about the nature and rationality of religious beliefs and practices. Key topics include arguments for the existence of God, the concept and attributes of God, the nature of religious language, the problem of evil, the question of miracles, and the challenges of religious pluralism. In this course we will explore such questions through close attention to classic texts within the mainstream tradition of Philosophy of Religion. The course presumes no previous philosophical knowledge, only a keen interest in thinking patiently and critically about the subject matter.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

27 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

One 2,500-word essay (50%) plus a two-hour written examination (50%).

Resit

One two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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