FYS: Proofs of the Existence of God (PHIL 89.001)

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Instructor: Douglas MacLean. This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell 103.

Our primary aim in this seminar is to examine attempts by philosophers to prove the existence of God. How good are the arguments? What is the aim of producing or criticizing such proofs? What philosophical and moral issues come into focus as we confront the challenges involved in proving Gods existence? Our secondary aim is to raise and explore some other related issues, such as: What is the relation between knowledge and faith? Is there a conflict between science and faith? What psychological or evolutionary reasons might explain the fact that belief in God is a nearly universal cultural phenomenon? Is God’s existence a necessary condition for the objectivity of ethics?

Douglas MacLean’s webpage