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1 Proposal: number 112

112. PHIL 116: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Contact:Steven Hicks
Abstract: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.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PHIL 116 2008-10-23 CV Submitted Dept
PHIL 116 2008-10-23 ET Submitted Dept
PHIL 116 2008-11-05 CV Approved GEAC
PHIL 116 2008-11-05 ET Approved GEAC
PHIL 116 2008-12-04 CV Approved UCC
PHIL 116 2008-12-04 ET Approved UCC
PHIL 116 2009-02-05 CV Approved Senate
PHIL 116 2009-02-05 ET Approved Senate