20th Century Phil of Religion
20th Century Phil of Religion 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
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 such philosophers as Wittgenstein speak.
Having established this context, the module will explore the work of a selection of philosophers of religion from the 20th century, including A. J. Ayer, D. Z. Phillips, Mary Daly, and many others. Doing so will demonstrate how the field of the philosophy of religion in the Western world evolved during the course of the 20th century and paved the way for new insights and ideas in the 21st century.
The module will conclude with an analysis of the heritage of 20th century philosophy of religion and how it has influenced recent and current thought in the West.
-threshold -(D) Shows some knowledge of key areas of the module with acceptable presentation of arguments. -good -(B) Shows detailed knowledge of key areas covered in the module with the arguments presented in a logical and coherent way. -excellent -(A) Shows comprehensive and very detailed understanding of the material covered in the module, with considerable analytic ability or originality.
- To analyse, research, and construct a sustained argument applicable to the content of this course, showing some degree of originality.
- To demonstrate knowledge of, understanding of, and an ability to critically evaluate the key concepts within the meta-philosophy of religion.
- To demonstrate knowledge of, understanding of, and an ability to critically evaluate the major developments that occurred within the philosophy of religion during the 20th century.
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.
Students will be given a choice of topics to present a 15-minute individual oral presentation.