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ATS2861

Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Arts

Organisational Unit

Philosophy

Coordinator(s)

Professor Graham Oppy

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2017 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)
  • Summer semester A 2017 (Flexible)

Notes

Synopsis

Are there successful arguments for or against the existence of God? We start by examining what it takes for an argument to be successful. We then examine some of the best known arguments for the existence of God--Anselm's ontological argument, Aquinas' second way, Paley's argument for design, Pascal's wager--and some of the best known arguments against the existence of God--Mackie's and Rowe's arguments from evil--and try to determine whether or not they succeed.

Outcomes

On successfully completing the unit, students will have:

  1. been introduced to an analytic philosophical approach to philosophy of religion;
  2. become familiar with key arguments for and against existence of God;
  3. thought about how to assess arguments in a context in which there are competing theistic and naturalistic worldviews.

Students will also have been exposed to some central philosophical texts, and to arguments that have been influential for many hundreds of years.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Professor Graham Oppy

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours

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