Arguments about the Existence of God in the Western Philosophical Tradition
This course will examine the classic proofs for and against the existence of God, as presented in Western philosophy. Students will study such authors as Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Pascal, and Hume. The live classes will feature the “shared inquiry” format, with students discussing and debating directly with one another under the guidance of the instructor.
Live Classes: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 14th to May 13th
Assignments: Assignments will consist of logic quizzes, as well as a series of essays. The essays will scale up to prepare the students for writing undergraduate-level argumentative papers.
Student Expectations: For the weekly participation grade, students need to be comfortable accessing the internet and participating in real-time discussion with other students. For assignments, they’ll need to type (no handwritten assignments) and have a word processor that allows them to view feedback in the form of comment bubbles and tracked changes. (MS Word is recommended.)
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.
Materials/Supplies: Students will be sent a reading packet tailored to the course.