Divine Beings, Miracles, and the Afterlife: An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

II. July 17–July 28, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Jared Peterson

Course Description

This course introduces students to fundamental issues in philosophy of religion. We critically address questions such as the following: (a) Given the diverse range of religions in the world, what is it that makes them all religions? (b) Is it possible for miracles to occur? (c) What is the relationship between science and religion? (d) Is it reasonable to believe in an afterlife for beings like us?

We broach such challenging questions by critically reading and writing about them, and in doing so we fine-tune our own views. The broad objective of the course is to develop and refine students' critical reasoning and writing skills.

Other learning objectives include:

  • To acquire a richer understanding of and facility with the methodology that philosophers use to answer fundamental questions.
  • To develop an understanding of the different branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and moral philosophy.
  • To accurately interpret a wide range of historically influential philosophers’ works on fundamental issues in philosophy of religion, and in doing so sharpen our exegetical skills.
  • To critically assess, in a careful, charitable, and sophisticated manner, a number of challenging positions and arguments in philosophy of religion, and in doing so develop and refine our critical reasoning skills.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

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RLPH0101 (D01) | Call Number: 10548

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Jared Peterson

Jared Peterson holds a doctoral in philosophy (with a focus on epistemology and philosophy of mind) from Northwestern University. His current research is on issues of self-knowledge, or how we know our own minds, with an emphasis on how we know our attitudes. He taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before joining the philosophy department of the State University of New York-Oswego in 2018.

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