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Philosophy of Religion, Summer 2010

Ankündigung einer zusätzlichen Lehrveranstaltung (Vorlesung)

In den letzten vier Wochen der Vorlesungszeit (Zeitraum 21. Juni – 16. Juli 2010) wird

Dr. Mehmet Elgin
(Associate Professor, Dept.
Philosophie, Muğla Universität, Muğla, Türkei)

am Institut für Philosophie eine Lehrveranstaltung abhalten zum Thema:

Philosophy of Religion

Diese Veranstaltung findet statt im Rahmen des GastwissenschafterInnen-Programms der Philosophischen Fakultät 2009/2010. Ziel dieses Programms ist, „ein Basissegment an Lehre in englischer oder einer anderen für den jeweiligen Studiengang relevanten Sprache zu etablieren“.

Die Veranstaltung ist anrechenbar für 5 LP in den Studiengängen fächerüb. Bachelor und fächerüb. M.Ed. Philosophie sowie fächerüb. M.Ed. Werte und Normen (Modul Grundlagen der Theoretischen Philosophie, Modul Grundlagen der Praktischen Philosophie, Vertiefungsmodul zu einem systematischen Schwerpunkt, Vertiefungsmodul zu einem historischen Schwerpunkt, Forschungsmodul). Interessierte aus nicht am Institut für Philosophie angesiedelten Studiengängen sollten selbst mit der für den betreffenden Studiengang zuständigen Person klären, ob die Leistung für diese Veranstaltung angerechnet werden kann.

Fragen oder Anmeldung: Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon, Institut für Philosophie,
reydonww.uni-hannover.de, Tel. 0511 762 19391.

Philosophy of Religion – course description

This course focuses on some major historical figures in philosophy of religion. It is not a comprehensive survey of the main problems currently discussed in the field, but will address some selected philosophical problems. The topics are the ontological and cosmological arguments for God’s existence, the prudential argument (Pascal’s wager), the design argument, the relationship between science and ethics, and the relationship between science and religion.

The selection of these topics is mainly guided by the question whether the existence of a supernatural entity can philosophically be justified. Ontological, cosmological, and design arguments are attempts to provide evidential arguments for the existence of God. Other kinds of arguments attempt to justify the belief in the existence of God not on the basis of evidence but on prudential grounds. Pascal’s wager is one of them. Another kind of prudential argument (the argument from ethics) tries to show that since humans have values, since there is such a thing as ethics and since values and ethics cannot be explained by science, we are justified to postulate the existence of God to explain their basis. As this move involves claims about what science can explain and about what we should do about the things that science cannot explain, we will also ask the question of the relationship between science and religion.

The course will involve systematic presentation of the arguments for the existence of God and possible problems and criticisms of these arguments. By doing so, our goal is to develop a systematic understanding of whether the belief in the existence of God can rationally be justified.

Classes will be held in the “Seminarraum ZEWW”, room B 410, Im Moore 21, 4th floor (building 1146, Hinterhaus). The plan of the course is as follows:


  • Week I: The Ontological Argument and the Cosmological Argument
    Class sessions: Tuesday, June 22nd, 12:00 – 14:00 & Friday, June 25th, 14:00 – 16:00.
  • Week II: The Design Argument and Pascal’s Wager
    Class sessions: Tuesday, June 29th, 12:00 – 14:00 & Friday, July 2nd, 14:00 – 16:00.
  • Week III: The Problem of Good and Evil
    Class sessions: Tuesday, July 6th, 12:00 – 14:00 & Friday, July 9th, 14:00 – 16:00.
  • Week IV: Science and Religion
    Class sessions: Tuesday, July 13th, 12:00 – 14:00 & Friday, July 16th, 14:00 – 16:00.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Reydon (reydonww.uni-hannover.de). If you are interested in participating, please send a brief email to that same address, so that we have an idea of how many participants to expect.