PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

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Code
98520
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/03
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophy)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

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

Lectures on Microsoft Teams

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Contents for students who are taking the 6-CFU course

Existentialism, nihilism, religion. From Karl Jaspers and Gabriel Marcel

The first module aims to investigate the religious nature of the philosophies of the existence of Jaspers and Marcel as well as contemporary nihilism, dominated, even in the face of the abyss of Nothing, by an indelible as aporetic question of meaning and Transcendence.

Contents for students who are taking the 9-CFU course

Part I:  Existentialism, nihilism, religion. From Karl Jaspers and Gabriel Marcel

The first module aims to investigate the religious nature of the philosophies of the existence of Jaspers and Marcel as well as contemporary nihilism, dominated, even in the face of the abyss of Nothing, by an indelible as aporetic question of meaning and Transcendence.

Part II: Analysis of two classic texts of existentialism

In the second module is focused on two books by Jaspers and Marcel, in order to verify the theses sustained in the first module on the textual and hermeneutic level.

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

Ricevimento: Thursday 3-4 PM (DAFIST, Philosophy Section via Balbi 4, 2nd floor)

Exam Board

ROBERTO CELADA BALLANTI (President)

FRANCESCO CAMERA

GERARDO CUNICO (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures on Microsoft Teams

LESSONS START

September 29, 2020

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

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
12/05/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
28/05/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
06/07/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is reccomended