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:

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)

Th 9-24 Introduction
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
Th 10-29

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
Th 11-26 Thanksgiving
T 12-1 Faith and Reason, pp. 404-422

Th 12-3 Conclusion
Term Paper due
Fr 12-11 Final Exam (11:30-2:29)

II. Required Text:

Pojman, L. & Rea, M., Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology. Fifth edition, Belmont: Wadsworth Press, 2008. 

The text is available in the UCSD bookstore. All readings listed on the syllabus will be from this book.

III. Requirements:

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 (35%)
The final exam will be comprehensive, but more heavily weighted toward the material that is covered after the midterm.

3. One 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.

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the site.

3. If accommodations are needed for a disability or religious reasons, please notify me during the first class period or as soon as possible.