PHIL 742

Philosophy of Religion 1


The course will be based on reading and critically discussing Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, in relation to contemporary debate on relevant questions in the Philosophy of Religion, especially the problem of evil.

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.

There will be an opportunity to explore pantheist and panentheist understandings of divinity and also 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.


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Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024




PHIL 742: 15 points