Spring 2021

Philosophy of Religion 

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-219  |  Religion, as RELI-316

Formerly listed as: PHIL-19  |  RELI-18


Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)


(Offered as REL 316 and PHIL 219) Philosophy of Religion is philosophical reflection on matters that have traditionally been of religious concern, and on religion itself. Although philosophers have been discussing such topics for thousands of years, the period since the middle of the twentieth century has been particularly vibrant, with philosophers working within the analytic tradition producing a substantial body of literature on a variety of religious themes. This course introduces students to several major areas of discussion within this literature. Over the course of the semester we will discuss whether persons can survive death; God’s relationship to time; the issue of “religious belief” (the role it plays in religion and its rationality); and the significance of religious pluralism for religious adherence.

Spring semester. Professor A. Dole.


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2021