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