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Thinking God-Philosophical Theology and Postmodernity (12 points)


Leader: Robyn Horner

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This unit concerns the relationship between thought and that which by definition cannot be thought: God. Taking a chronological approach, the unit begins by examining the thought of the ancient Greeks. It proceeds to consider the consolidation of "natural theology" in the medieval period, including its much debated high point in the work of Thomas Aquinas. The focus then shifts to an increased antagonism between philosophy and theology in the early modern and Enlightenment periods, culminating in the study of various streams of thought in the twentieth century, including transcendental Thomism; Christian existentialism and postmodernism.

Assessment: Seminar leadership and paper (2,500 words): 30% + Essay (5000 words: 50% + Examination (1.5 hours): 20%

Contact Hours: 3 hours per week

Prohibitions: HSY4780, RLT3980,HSY3980, PHL4780

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