Archive for reference only

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Divinity : Theology and Ethics

Undergraduate Course: God in Philosophy: Plato to Hume (THET08010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaTheology and Ethics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAn introduction to philosophical theology and some issues in the philosophy of religion, especially the question of how to inquire into 'God' philosophically. Lectures, seminars and set texts in this course treat a range of philosophers in the Western tradition from Plato to the Enlightenment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements At least 80 credits at level 8.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students especially welcome. Students should usually have at least 1 introductory level course in theology or religious studies at grade B or above at university level.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)God in Philosophy: Plato to Hume2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the main texts set for tutorials, and show an ability to summarise a significant body of material concisely and clearly.
2. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings, to summarise the principal arguments on the main themes and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
3. Show an ability to differentiate the views of the principal philosophers and those of their interpreters and to identify challenges in interpreting the philosophical texts.
4. Show an ability to structure an argument, to use correct grammar in expressing philosophical ideas, and to support claims with reference to specific named primary and secondary texts.
5. Demonstrate good judgement about how to judge the relative importance of items on course bibliographies, and of arguments made in individual works.
Assessment Information
COURSEWORK : 2000-word Book Review (10%); AND
2000-word Essay (30%).
Degree EXAM (60%).
In order to pass this course, you must obtain a minimum of 40% in the coursework (Book Review and Essay) and in the exam.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Plato (The Form of the Good)
Week 3: Aristotle (Metaphysics)
Week 4: Augustine (Faith and Reason)
Week 5: Anselm (Ontological Argument)
Week 6: Aquinas (Analogy)
Week 7: Scotus (Natural and Supernatural Knowledge)
Week 8: Descartes (Proofs for the Existence of God)
Week 9: Spinoza (The One Substance)
Week 10: Leibniz (Proofs for the Existence of God)
Week 11: Hume (Critique of Natural Theology)
Transferable skills Ability to summarise difficult material;
Ability to structure arguments logically;
Ability to interpret set texts;
Ability to produce a properly referenced essay.
Reading list A Course Reader will be available from the School of Divinity Office at the start of the semester. This will include excerpts from primary texts that will form the focus of the lectures. It will also include the set tutorial texts.

Cambridge Companion to Plato, chapter 9
Cambridge Companion to Aristotle, chapter 3
Cambridge Companion to Augustine, chapter 2
Cambridge Companion to Anselm, chapter 7
Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, chapter 9
Cambridge Companion to Scotus, chapter 7
Cambridge Companion to Descartes, chapter 6
Cambridge Companion to Spinoza, chapter 8
Cambridge Companion to Leibniz, chapter 10
Cambridge Companion to Hume, chapter 15
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Two lectures (Mon and Tue) on primary texts.
One tutorial (Thur) on the week's Cambridge Companion chapter.
Course organiserDr Nick Adams
Tel: (0131 6)50 8975
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2013 The University of Edinburgh - 13 January 2014 5:09 am