PHEB301 Философия на религията


The course introduces the main problems, concepts and questions about the philosophical reflection on religion. It studies the nature of the Divine and our knowledge thereof as well as the different contextual problems which religious faith and knowledge are facing in the contemporary world. The most important debates are also followed in this course, from the ancient religious systems to the present day.

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Философия (на английски език)


доц. Христо Гьошев  д-р

Описание на курса:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

Which are the major problems and the key concepts in the study of the Divine and the human relation to it.

2) are capable of:

Discerning the philosophical aspects of religion and the classical, and contemporary arguments about the possibility and extent of our knowledge on the major questions of religion; participating in debates concerning today's religious beliefs and practices, and their interconnection with the other spheres of society.
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Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. Religion and its philosophical aspects
  2. Main concepts and methods in the philosophy of religion
  3. God and the Divine
  4. God and human knowledge
  5. Arguments about God's Existence
  6. The mystical relation to God
  7. The problem of Evil
  8. Free will and Grace
  9. Eternity and immortality
  10. Midterm exam
  11. Religion and ethics
  12. The philosophical critique of religion
  13. Religion and scientific knowledge
  14. Religion and politics
  15. The future of religion

Литература по темите:

Abraham, W., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1985).

Adams, M. M. and Adams, R. M. (eds.), The Problem of Evil (Oxford: OUP, 1993).

Alston, William (1991) Perceiving God, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press

Anselm, St Anselm’s Proslogion, M. J. Charlesworth (trans.) (Oxford: Clarendon 1965).

Aquinas, Summa Theologica (London: Blackfriars, 1963)

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, V. Watts (trans.) (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969).

Burrell, Donald (ed.) (1967) Cosmological Arguments, Garden City, NY: Anchor Books

Chisholm, Roderick (1976) Person and Object, La Salle, IL: Open Court

Durrant, M., The Logical Status of ‘God’ (London: Macmillan, 1973).

Edwards, P., Immortality (New York: Macmillan, 1992).

Geach, P., God and the Soul (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969).

Hewitt, Harold (1991) Problems in the Philosophy of Religion, New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Hume, D., Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, R. H. Popkin (ed.) (Indianapolis, Ind.: Hackett, 1980).

James, W., The Varieties of Religious Experience (London: Fontana, 1960).

Kenny, A., What is Faith? (Oxford: OUP, 1992).

Pascal, B., Pense ´es (A. J. Krailsheimer, trans) (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1966)

Russell, B., Why I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects (London: Unwin, 1979).

van Inwagen, P., God, Knowledge, and Mystery (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).

Yandell, K., The Epistemology of Religious Experience (Cambridge: CUP, 1993).