PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Professor Hud Hudson
Office: Bond Hall 311
Office Hours: MWF 1100-12:00
Bond Hall 106
Class A -- MWF 1:00-1:50 / Class B -- MWF 2:00-2:50
COURSE DESCRIPTION, LEARNING OUTCOMES, AND REQUIREMENTS
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of religion in particular and to philosophy in general. During this term we will examine different conceptions of divinity and different analyses of divine attributes, we will discuss and critically evaluate several traditional arguments for the non-existence of God, and we will discuss and critically evaluate several traditional arguments for the existence of God.
In addition to providing an introduction to this important subfield in philosophy, this course is designed to encourage and to assist students in developing and improving a range of skills. In particular, this course is designed to help you to think critically, to write analytically, and to carefully reconstruct and critically evaluate arguments.
There is no textbook for this course.
There will be three essay examinations. The first exam will be given in class on Monday, February 5th. The second exam will be given in class on Wednesday, February 21st. The third exam will be given according to the final exam schedule on Tuesday, March 20th (3:30-5:30) for Class B (MWF 2) and on Wednesday, March 21th (10:30-12:30) for Class A (MWF 1). Each exam will be "closed-book," and will be worth one-third of the final grade for the course.
OTHER POLICIES AND INFORMATION
Attendance is not a requirement for the course, and you do not need to contact me to inform me that you will miss a meeting of the class. If you do miss class, however, it is your responsibility to get notes from one of your colleagues. Office hours are not designed for lecturing or for introducing new material. You are, though, welcome to come talk to me about any questions you have once you work through the notes.
If you need to contact me, email works best. Email is appropriate for brief questions and comments or to set up a time to meet. Please note that I have a firm policy against conducting substantive discussions about the class material or answering substantive questions about the study guides by email.
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01/10 No Class
01/15 University Holiday
01/17 The Concept of God
01/24 The Problem of Evil
02/02 Review for Exam I
02/05 Exam I
02/07 Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom
02/16 Review for Exam II
02/19 University Holiday
02/21 Exam II
02/23 The Ontological Argument
03/05 The Fine-Tuning Argument
03/07 No Class
03/16 Review for Exam III
03/20 Class B (MWF 2) -- Exam III (3:30-5:30)
03/21 Class A (MWF 1) -- Exam III (10:30-12:30)