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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn 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.
Course description 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: Leibniz (Proofs for the Existence of God)
Week 10: Locke (on Faith and Reason)
Week 11: Hume (Critique of Natural Theology)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2000-word Book Review (10%) due week 4;
2000-word Essay (30%) due week 7;
2000-word Essay (60%) due on first Monday of the examination period.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
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 an ability to identify key terms and their meanings.
6. Demonstrate good judgement about how to judge the relative importance of items on course bibliographies, and of arguments made in individual works.
Reading List
All course readings are available online via Learn.

There are set primary texts each week as follows:

Plato Republic VI.506-513; VII 514-523
Aristotle Metaphysics XII (┐) 6-10
Augustine Confessions 1.4.4 (to start, and then) Confessions X; De Trinitate V
Anselm Proslogion: Preface, I-III
Aquinas Summa Theologiae 1a.2.3, 1a.12.12-13, 1a13 1-6
Scotus Ordinatio (selections)
Descartes Meditations III
Leibniz ┐Principles of Nature and Grace, Based on Reason┐
Locke ┐Of Faith and Reason┐
Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding X
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, VII, IX
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.div.ed.ac.uk/courses
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to summarise difficult material;
Ability to structure arguments logically;
Ability to interpret set texts;
Ability to produce a properly referenced essay.
KeywordsGodPhil
Contacts
Course organiserDr Nick Adams
Tel: (0131 6)50 8918
Email: N.Adams@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
Email: Kate.Munro@ed.ac.uk
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