Faculty of Arts

PHIL 742

Philosophy of Religion 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for PHIL 742.


The course will begin by reading and critically discussing Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, in relation to contemporary debate on relevant questions in the Philosophy of Religion.

Given that Hume’s critique is focused on the anthropomorphic conception of deity that became prominent during the Enlightenment, the course’s emphasis will then shift to the question of whether there can be a satisfactory alternative conception.

Pantheist and panentheist understandings of divinity will be explored. There will also be an opportunity to consider attempts at explaining the phenomenon of religious belief, by comparing Hume’s Natural History of Religion with contemporary explanations of religious belief in evolutionary psychology.

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021


Coordinator(s) Professor John Bishop


PHIL 742: 15.0 points

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