20th Century Phil of Religion
20th Century Phil of Religion 2022-23
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 1
Gareth Evans Jones
The module begins by clarifying the state of the analytic philosophy of religion at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting upon its inheritance of 19th century ‘modernity’. This is contrasted with some concurrent developments in the continental tradition (German Romanticism, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche). This is the context from which, and into which, Wittgenstein speaks. We will cover the early, middle, and late eras of Wittgenstein’s thought, and show the revolutionary impact that his thought had for the philosophy of religion. We track the various directions in which Wittgenstein’s influence was felt; for example, in A. J. Ayer’s verificationism, or those overtly ‘Wittgensteinian’ philosophers of religion such as D. Z. Phillips. The ‘meta-philosophy of religion’ is introduced throughout, as we tackle the question of how best to philosophise about religion.
-threshold -Shows some knowledge of key areas of the module with acceptable presentation of arguments. -good -Shows detailed knowledge of key areas covered in the module with the arguments presented in a logical and coherent way. -excellent -Shows comprehensive and very detailed understanding of the material covered in the module, with considerable analytic ability or originality.
Students will be given a choice of 5 questions to answer and they will only need to write a 2,500-3,000 word essay on one of the questions. Students will be provided with suggested readings.