Reason and Revelation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural and Critical Theory|
With the dawning of the Age of Reason, Western societies began to witness the gradual erosion--or in some cases, the violent upheaval--of nearly every traditional source of religious and political authority. Events like the Protestant and English Reformations, the invention of the printing press, the emergence of modern science, and the revolutions in France, America, and Haiti prompted the opening of a profound rift between the claims of reason and the claims of revelation. This course will examine some major texts that evaluate the claims of religion in the light of philosophy, or vice versa, to navigate the modern distinction between the sacred and the secular.
Ethical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning
This course works systematically through classic arguments concerning the existence and nature of God, the limits of human freedom, the problem of evil, and the possibility of responsible action.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selections from Thomas Acquinas
Descartes, Rene, MEDITATIONS
Kant, Immanuel, RELIGION WITHIN THE LIMITS OF REASON ALONE
Schleiermacher, Friedrich, ON RELIGION
Hegel, G. W. F., LECTURES ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Kierkegaard, Soren, FEAR AND TREMBLING
Nietzsche, Friedrich, ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
Irigaray, Luce, SEXES AND GENEALOGIES
Nancy, Jean-Luc, THE INTERRUPTED COMMUNITY
Derrida, Jacques, THE GIFT OF DEATH
Levinas, Emmanuel, OF GOD WHO COMES TO MIND
Feuerbach, Ludwig, THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
Freud, Sigmund, OBSESSIVE ACTS AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Full attendance and participation, two critical papers, one midterm exam, and one final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" OR "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion major.
|Instructor(s): Rubenstein,Mary-Jane Victoria Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: ALLB004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 2||FR: 2|
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