Section Information for Spring 2017
Can be used to fulfill the requirement for a course in Continental Philosophy for the Philosophy major.
A discussion of some of the essential features that belong to a religious orientation towards reality. We will emphasize the ideas of sacred transcendence, the symbolic and poetic nature of religious discourse, and specifically religious practice, along with a consideration of some of the principle contemporary challenges to the meaning and truth of religious claims.
Study of classical appeals to philosophy in support of belief in god's existence (Philo, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes); the fideism of Hume and the metaphysical agnosticism of Kant; the concept of religious experience in the philosophies of Hegel, Schleiermacher, and Kierkegaard; and the problem of religious language in contemporary empirical philosophy.