Philosophy | Philosophy of Religion
P371 | 3777 | O'Connor


This course will span several topics in classical philosophical
theology.  We will begin by considering the implications of the very
idea of God as an absolutely perfect being, noting various puzzles
to which this idea gives rise and surveying main responses to those
puzzles.  We will then consider at some length a popular form of
argument against the existence of God, so-conceived (the argument
from evil) and a popular form of argument in favor of God's
existence (the argument from design).  Near the end of the course,
we will consider a range of perspectives - some friendly to
religious belief and some unfriendly - on the relationship of
religious faith and reason.

Our topics are the subject of much recent philosophical writing, and
our readings will draw from a wide array of contribitors to this
contemporary discussion.