Spring 2009

Philosophy of Religion

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-19  |  Religion, as RELI-18


Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)


(Also Philosophy 19.) An examination of several major discussion topics in the analytic philosophy of religion: the ethics of religious belief, the “problem of religious language,” the nature of God and the problem of evil. It would seem that it is always irrational to believe that statements about matters which transcend the realm of the empirical are true, since none of these statements can be directly supported by evidence. Thus it would seem that a great deal of religious belief is irrational. Is this the case, or can religious beliefs be supported by other means? Can philosophical reflection bring clarity to such puzzling matters as God's relationship to time, or the question of how a good and all-powerful God could permit the existence of evil? Alternatively, is the entire project of evaluating religious discourse as a set of claims about transcendent realities misguided--i.e., does religious language work differently than the language we use to speak about ordinary objects? Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor A. Dole.

List of admitted students

Submitted by Andrew C. Dole on Monday, 2/2/2009, at 9:19 AM

The following students are offered admission to the course.  If withdrawals reduces the number of enrolled students below the cap of 25, offers will be extended to students not on this list.

Bourjaily    Charles
Eppler-Epstein Rebecca
Fairhurst    Will
Frieje    Daniel
Gao    Simon
Kaminski    Amelia
Keithline    Anne
Kim    Seongju
Kim    Brian
Klages-Mundt    Ariah
Lerner    Adam
Lin    Jerry
MacArthur    Robert
Martinez    Christina
Mosley    William
Nacht    Ian
Park    Jeong

Piotrkowski  Judith

Saddler    Amber

Scala    Joe
Tanenbaum    Charles
Thapaliya    Niraj
Thayer    Brian
Urmey    Max
Wanjala    Caca
Wu    Kevin