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PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

CODE 98520
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8455 FILOSOFIA (L-5) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/03
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Philosophy of religion developed within Modern-Age thought between the 17th and the 18th centuries, as a reaction to the religious wars in Europe. It acquired the status of academic teaching in the Age of Enlightenment and German Idealism. Nevertheless, its object (a reflection on religion that moves from speculative assumptions) was already studied by Greek philosophy, which developed a rational criticism (based on logos) and applied it to mythical discourse since the Age of Pre-Socratic philosophers.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students will learn to define, through a phenomenological and transcendental method, the peculiar nature and structure of the religious experience, independent and different from other domains of the spirit (ethic, aesthetic, metaphysic domain). Students will learn to explain how the independent status of religion is the result of a long, analytical work, and the result of a speculative process which started at the beginning of Modern Age; the outcome of this process is philosophy of religion becoming a unique field of knowledge. 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Developing critical thinking towards the religious experience, moving from speculative assumptions, and showing its universal, ecumenic nature.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The lectures will hopefully be held in person, with the possibility for students to follow them remotely via the Teams platform (code xgk3owg).

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

    Unde malum? Metaphysics and theodicy in Leibniz

    The lessons will focus on the problem of theodicy, that is the problematic knot that binds evil and God, in the history of philosophy, fixing its historical-theoretical coordinates and referring in particular to Leibniz's thought.

    Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

    Part I: Unde malum? Metaphysics and theodicy in Leibniz

    The lessons will focus on the problem of theodicy, that is the problematic knot that binds evil and God, in the history of philosophy, fixing its historical-theoretical coordinates and referring in particular to Leibniz's thought.

    Part II: The crisis of theodicy in Voltaire

    The second module deals with the theme of the crisis of eighteenth-century theodicy, taking Voltaire as a paradigmatic point of reference.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ROBERTO CELADA BALLANTI (President)

    FRANCESCO CAMERA

    GERARDO CUNICO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    September 28, 2021

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam will take place in oral form, through a dialogue aimed at verify the contents discussed during the course. The expositive ability and the critical reasoning of the student will also be ascertained.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    09/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/05/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    21/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    15/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance is reccomended