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7AAN2071 Philosophy of Religion

THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2017-18          

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Prof Maria Rosa Antognazza
Assessment:

2017-18

  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays

2016-17

  • Summative assessment: one two-hour exam (100%)
  • Formative assessment: two 1,500–2,000-word essays

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks. 
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2071 module syllabus 2016-17.

Additional information:

  • The initial lecture hour will be shared with students taking 6AANB025 Philosophy of Religion, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements.

The first part of the module will focus on some arguments for the existence of God; the second part of the module will focus on religious epistemology, discussing some contemporary approaches to the rational justification of religious belief (e.g. Alvin Plantinga’s notion of warranted Christian belief).

Further information

Module aims

The aim of this course is to give students a critical understanding of some of the key arguments and positions in the Philosophy of Religion via a close reading and discussion of some of the key texts in this area. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a level-7 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • A capacity for philosophical reflection on theological issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of some of the main problems, theories, arguments and texts in the philosophy of religion
  • An understanding of how problems in philosophy of religion relate to personal religious belief/non-belief/agnosticism and everyday life.
  • An ability to summarise and critically assess existing arguments and positions
  • An ability to support and to challenge views and positions by constructing arguments and citing relevant considerations
  • An ability to form philosophical views of their own which they are prepared to defend or amend in the light of criticism 
Past syllabi

7AAN2071 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2071 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2071 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2071 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading

Core reading will be selected among sources available to all students also in electronic format, including chapters from R. M. Adams, The Virtue of Faith and Other Essays in Philosophical Theology (OUP 1987) and Alvin Plantinga, Warranted Christian Belief (OUP 2000).

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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