Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God
EVIDENCE AND BELIEF (Sept. 8)
W. K. Clifford, "The Ethics of Belief," pp. 101-05
Kelly James Clark, "Without Evidence or Argument," pp. 114-19
in Feinberg & Shafer-Landau. REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY,
Readings in Some Basic Problems of Philosophy, 13th Edition,
Thomson/Wadswrth (hereafter "R+R")
THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (Sept. 10)
Anselm (1033-1109), "The Ontological Argument," in R+R pp. 6-7
Full Text Online of Anselm's Proslogion .
Gaunilo, "On Behalf of the Fool." In R+R, pp. 7-10
Full Text Online of Gaunilo's Response to Anselm's Argument On Behalf of the Fool.
As well as Anselm's "Reply to Gaunilo"
William Rowe, "The Ontological Argument," in R+R, pp. 11-21
THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (Sept. 10)
Aquinas (1225-1274), "The Existence of God," in R+R pp. 21-22
Full Text Online of Aquinas' Proof of the Existence of God from his Summa Theologica
Samuel Clarke (1675-1725) , "A Modern Formulation of the Cosmological Argument" in R+R pp. 22-23
William Rowe, "The Cosmological Argument," in R+R, pp. 23-32
THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: THE DESIGN ARGUMENT (Sept. 10)
William Paley (1734-1805), "The Argument from Design" from Paley's Natural Theology
in R+R, pp. 32-37
Stephen Jay Gould , "The Panda's Thumb" (Class Handout) See also the Web Exhibit Online
REPORTS, MIRACLES AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (Sept. 10)
Simon Blackburn , "Miracles and Testimony" in R+R, pp. 122-28
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL (Sept. 15)
Dostoevsky (1821-1881), "Rebellion,"
J. L. Mackie , "Evil and Omnipotence"
George Schlesinger, "The Problem of Evil & Suffering"
Richard Swinburne. "Why God Allows Evil" from Is There a God?
B. C. Johnson, "God and the Problem of Evil" in R+R, pp. 72-101
FAITH AND SUBJECTIVITY (Sept. 17)
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), " The Wager ," in R+R pp. 119-22
William James (1842-1910), "The Will To Believe" [excerpt]" in R+R, pp. 106-14
Full Text Online of James's essay: "The Will To Believe".
Paper topics for the first paper will be handed out in class
on Wednesday. September the 17th.
The Paper Topic will also be posted ONLINE on the 17th
and you can access the Topic by clicking HERE.
Papers are due on Thursday, September, the 25th by 3:00 PM
in the Philosophy Department Main Office (Rabb 303).
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