Phil 3454: Philosophy of Religion

Fall 2017: Torgersen Hall 1040
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:25-2:15pmmoon

Instructor: Ted Parent
Email: parentt@vt.edu
Cell: (919) 260-4897
Office: Maj. Williams Hall 221
Office Hours: TBA

Syllabus

Readings:

   L. Pojman & M. Rea (Eds.), The Philosophy of Religion, 5th edition.
   Handout on pessimism about arguments
  
The Upaniṣads (excerpts)
   Lao-Tzu, Tao-te Ching (excerpt)
   N
āgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamaka-kāriā (excerpts)
   A selection of Zen kōans
   D.T. Suzuki, "Ch. 4: Illogical Zen" from Introduction to Zen Buddhism
   Pseudo-Dionysius, Mystical Theology

   Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript (excerpts)
   B. Sheiman, An Atheist Defends Religion
  
Majjhima Nikāya (excerpt)
   Wittgenstein, "Lecture on Religious Belief"

   Michael Martin, "Critique of Fideism"
   Dougherty, "Religious Epistemology"
   Monton, "God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence"
   John Worrall, "Science Discredits Religion"
  
Christine Overall, "Miracles are Evidence Against the Existence of God"
   Chief Si'ahl, Speech of 1854
   Norland,
"Congo: More Vicious than Rape"
   T. Mulgan, "What if God is Just Not That Into You?"
   Marylin McCord Adams, "Horrendous Evil and the Goodness of God"
   Sharon Street, "If Everything Happens for a Reason, then We Don't Know What Reasons Are"
   Janine Marie Idziak, "Divine Commands are the Foundation of Morality"
   Sartre, "Ethics without Religion"
   Ruth Chang's TED talk on "Hard Choices"
   Lois Hope Walker, "Religion gives Meaning to Life"
  
Kahane, "If There is a Hole, It is Not God-Shaped"
   Nietzsche, selections from R. Solomon (Ed.),
Existentialism.
   Handout with additional selections from Nietzsche

Resources:

    HERE is a Handout on the Design Argument.
    Handout on writing philosophy
    List of argument fallacies


Assignments:
 
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Updated: 20 July 2017