|Room: WLH 2114||Prof. Eric Watkins|
|Times: T & Th 12:30-1:50||Office: H&SS 8018|
|Term: Fall Quarter 2009||Office tel: 822-0082|
|Office Hours: Th 2:00-3:30 & by appointment||E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Phil 185 Philosophy of Religion
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the philosophy of religion. Topics will include the traditional theistic proofs (the Cosmological, Teleological, and Ontological Arguments), the attributes of God (God's eternity, omniscience, and omnipotence), the problem of evil, and the relation between faith and reason.
I. Reading Assignments (subject to adjustment)
|T 9-29||The Cosmological Argument, pp. 9-15|
|Th 10-1||The Cosmological Argument, pp. 15-33
|T 10-6||The Teleological Argument, pp. 51-56
|Th 10-8||The Ontological Argument, pp. 2-9
|T 10-13||The Argument from Religious Experience, pp, 119-142
|Th 10-15||Miracles, pp. 273-302
|T 10-20||Time and Eternity, pp. 221-230
|Th 10-22||Time and Eternity, pp. 230-245
|T 10-27||God's Omniscience and Human Freedom, pp. 245-260
God's Omniscience and Human Freedom, pp. 260-264
|T 11-3||Midterm Exam
||Paper Topics #1
|Th 11-5||God's Omnipotence, pp. 264-271
|T 11-10||The Problem of Evil, pp. 143-158, 165-169
|Th 11-12||The Problem of Evil, pp. 169-173
|T 11-17||The Problem of Evil, pp. 181-200
|Th 11-19||Faith and Reason, pp. 361-379
|T 11-24||Faith and Reason, pp. 379-404
||Paper Topics #2
|T 12-1||Faith and Reason, pp. 404-422
||Term Paper due
|Fr 12-11||Final Exam (11:30-2:29)|
II. Required Text:
The text is available in the UCSD bookstore. All readings
listed on the syllabus will be from this book.
1. Midterm exam (25%)
The midterm exam will consist of a number of short answer questions (one paragraph each) and longer essay questions.
2. Final exam
The final exam will be comprehensive, but more heavily weighted toward the material that is covered after the midterm.
Term Paper (25%)
The term paper should be 5-7 pages in length. Term paper topics will be assigned.
4. Class Participation (15%)
Class participation is important and will be part of the final grade. One way to participate in class is to submit detailed reactions to and/or thoughtful questions about the reading (300 word minimum and maximum) in advance of the relevant class (via e-mail).
Make-up Exam Policy
A make-up examination will be arranged only if evidence of a valid excuse (e.g., a note from the doctor, the dean or athletic department, etc.) is presented in a timely manner. If a student misses an examination without a valid excuse, the student will receive a grade of F for that exam.
IV. Other Information
1. I expect students to have read the material in advance and to be prepared to discuss it in class. This is not a lecture course, so class discussion is essential.
2. Honor Code. The Academic Honor Code must be observed in this course.
3. If accommodations are needed for a disability or religious reasons, please notify me during the first class period or as soon as possible.