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Philosophy 116 is an introduction to the philosophy of religion, and it is designed to acquaint the students with the main views about religious subjects which have been of interest to both Western and Non-Western philosophers and theologians. Since it is an introductory course, it begins with some basic philosophical concepts, such as the nature of argument, coherence and validity. Armed with the knowledge of these concepts, students will then be able to analyze and assess the philosophical worth of some of the arguments put forward in defense of different positions. Specifically, these arguments, which have had a long honored history, and, therefore, have been reformulated many times, are the ontological, cosmological, and design arguments for the existence of God. Of course, criticisms of these arguments are intensely discussed. Of special interest here is the argument from evil and that of the possibility of an infinite, real chain of causes and effects. In the end,students are not only expected to know the different versions and nuances of theism, skepticism,agnosticism, and atheism but are also given an opportunity to sharpen their critical acumen.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Culture and Values (CV) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: none Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: Phil. 116 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 3 Number of Seats: 40
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