Course Schedule (PHI 3700 | Spring 2019)
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DateTopicRequired Readings / VideosNotes
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1/7/2019Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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1/9/2019Diagnostic ExamNone
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1/14/2019Philosophical ArgumentE.J. Coffman, "Finding, Clarifying, and Evaluating Arguments"
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1/16/2019Cosmological Argument*Thomas Aquinas, "Summa Theologiae" (pp. 134-139)
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1/21/2019MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY (NO CLASS)
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1/23/2019Cosmological Argument*William Rowe, "The Cosmological Argument: A Critique" (pp. 156-169)
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1/28/2019Teleological Argument*William Paley, "The Teleological Argument" (pp. 265-276)
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1/30/2019Teleological ArgumentRichard Dawkins, Excerpt from The God DelusionUnit 1 Study Guide Posted
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2/4/2019Moral ArgumentLinda Zagzebski, "Does Ethics Need God?"; Elizabeth Anderson, "If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?"
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2/6/2019Pascal's Wager*Blaise Pascal, "The Wager" (pp. 361-365); *Simon Blackburn, "Pascal's Wager: A Critique" (pp. 365-367)
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2/11/2019Unit 1 Exam Posted
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2/13/2019Faith and ReasonSteven Cahn, “The Irrelevance to Religion of Philosophic Proofs for the Existence of God”; Laura Garcia, “Philosophy and Faith”Short Paper 1 Prompts Posted
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2/18/2019Faith and Reason*Soren Kierkegaard, "Concluding Unscientific Postscript" (pp. 312-321)
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2/20/2019Faith and Reason*Alvin Plantinga, “The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology” (pp. 378-390); *Michael Martin, “Religious Beliefs and Basic Beliefs” (pp. 391-393)
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2/25/2019Faith and Reason*W. K. Clifford, “The Ethics of Belief” (pp. 367-372)Unit 2 Study Guide Posted
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2/27/2019The Problem of Evil*William Rowe, "The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism" (pp. 301-311)
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3/4/2019The Problem of Evil*John Hick, "The Problem of Evil" (pp. 289-296)Short Paper 1 Due
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3/6/2019Unit 2 Exam Posted
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3/11/2019SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS)
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3/18/2019Theology and Falsification*Antony Flew, R. M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell, “Theology and Falsification” (pp. 462-472)
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3/20/2019Feminist Philosophy of ReligionElizabeth Burns, "Is There a Distinctively Feminist Philosophy of Religion?"
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3/25/2019God and the Meaning of LifeWilliam Lane Craig, "The Absurdity of Life without God"Short Paper 2 Prompts Posted
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3/27/2019God and the Meaning of LifeErik Wielenberg, "God and the Meaning of Life"
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4/1/2019The Desirability of ImmortalityPaul Sagar, "On Going On and On and On and On"
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4/3/2019The Desirability of ImmortalityJohn Martin Fischer, "Why Immortality Is Not So Bad"Unit 3 Study Guide Posted
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4/8/2019ApatheismMichael Shermer, "The Number of Americans with No Religious Affiliation is Rising"; *Robert McKim, "The Hiddenness of God" (pp. 494-499) Short Paper 2 Due
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4/10/2019ApatheismTrevor Hedberg and Jordan Huzarevich, "Appraising Objections to Practical Apatheism"
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4/15/2019Unit 3 WrapupNoneThis class functions as a buffer day in case class is cancelled earlier in the term or we fall behind.
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4/17/2019Unit 3 Exam Posted
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4/22/2019Religious DiversityNathan King, “Religious Diversity and its Challenges to Religious Belief”; Zehra Naqvi, “What’s It Like Being Muslim in America?”
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4/24/2019Course ConclusionNone
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5/1/2019Final Exam Posted
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5/3/2019Final Exams and Any Remaining Coursework Due at Noon
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