Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology,
fourth edition. Edited by Louis Pojman On the Genealogy of Morals,
The above texts should be available in the student
book store. Other required readings--if there should be any--will
available during the
duration of the
course, and will be posted up on my website. (In general, I will email
the entire class when any changes have been made to any of the course
related webpages.) Suggested on-line readings
will be posted on the course main page here.
This is an introductory course designed to give you a brief
overview of some of the main issues in Philosophy of Religion. We will
be addressing such questions as whether God exists, whether He even could exist (i.e., is the idea of
God even coherent?), and what it would mean if he either did or didn't
exist. In particular, we will be looking at some of the main arguments
for and against the claim that God exists. We will also discuss what
sort of attributes God has or might
have, and why, as well as the connection between God and morality and
God and the meaning of life. Finally, we will be addressing the
difference and tension--if there is any--between faith and reason,
religion and science, etc.
(i) 2 Exams
There will be 2 in-class exams in short answer/essay format. The dates
for the exams can be found on the reading schedule. Study
guides will be available on the main course webpage as the semester
proceeds. Review sessions will be held if you should need them.
(ii) 1 Final
There will be 1 final at the end of the semester. It will cover all of
the material and will be in short answer/essay format. Date: July 27, 11:30-2:30.
You are expected to read the assignments, think carefully
about the readings, and come to class prepared. Part of what makes
so engaging is being able to discuss various views with others. My hope
this course will provide you with a forum where such discussion can
Thus, a small part of your grade will be allotted for participation,
includes coming to class, taking part in class discussions, turning in
assignments, coming to office hours, etc.
Your final grade in this course will be broken down as
*Caveat: You must pass the exam to pass
It is expected that everyone in the class has read, understood,
and obeys UNC's Honor Code, which you can read on-line here. For more general
information about the university's honor system, go here.
is oftentimes difficult. You may find
need to read an article several times before you even have a sense of
article is about. Please don’t get frustrated—you’ll discover that
patience and working through such arduous material will be incredibly
rewarding. However, chances are that even reading and re-reading the
will not be enough. That is why I encourage every single one of you to
see me in
my office hours whenever you feel you need the extra help. I have two
week specifically allotted for meeting with students, but feel free to
appointment with me if another time would be more convenient. Also, I
to having group meetings or study sessions outside of class time
feel such a meeting would be beneficial.