Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Religion (PHIL11026)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will cover a range of issues in contemporary philosophy of religion. Topics covered will include reason and faith; the nature of religious language; issues connected with the idea of God, including the concepts of eternity and omnipotence; arguments for belief in God (including ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments); the problem of evil; the relation of religion to morality.
Shared with the UG course Philosophy of Religion PHIL10007.
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
Topics for the course:
Concepts of God - An Introduction
Omniscience and free will
Arguments from Design
Problems of Evil
Religion and morality
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2500 word essay.
Essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
|| - Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- an understanding of some major issues in the philosophy of religion
- an understanding of how these issues relate to continuing debates
- an ability to read closely, analyse and criticise philosophical texts
- the ability to present and defend arguments
- the ability to understand and analyse arguments.
|Peter van Inwagen, The Problem of Evil.|
William Rowe, The Cosmological Argument.
Fischer and Todd, Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge.
William Hasker, God, Time, and Knowledge
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Development of general analytical and problem solving skills, and an ability to do independent writing and research.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course is taught by Dr Patrick Todd.
|Keywords||God,concept of God,arguments for theism,problem of evil
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Todd
Tel: (0131 6)51 5179
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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