A2 Philosophy of Religion
A2 Philosophy of Religion builds upon the AS course by developing your knowledge of theistic arguments, problems in religious belief, and philosophical debates over religious concepts. There are some fascinating and challenging questions to consider here:
Can God be known through pure reason?
Is there life after death?
Is it possible to capture religious ideas in human language?
Scroll down to look at revision material and in-depth notes below.
Two Page Summaries and Revision Powerpoints
These give you a brief overview of each Paper 3 topic and are a good place to start your revision. You should add details from the full notes, textbooks, and other sources.
These essays give you an idea of how to structure a response for each topic. Remember, AO1 and AO2 are now separate on the exam.
Below are some documents that go into more detail on each topic.
Life after Death
- You may also have articles in your files by Cole (Mind and Body), Ahluwalia (Soul) and Harvey (Rebirth).
- The text in the departmental anthology called 'Philosophy and life after death: the questions and the opinions' by Stephen Davis (2000) should also be of help
- An interesting recent case of claimed reincarnation in the United States is discussed in a news report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5965wcH2Kx0&feature=related compare this with Davis' criticisms of 'yoga memory'.
Radio programme on the argument: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mwx64
|Descartes Med 5.doc|
|Malcolms ont arg.doc|
|Ontol introduction example.docx|
|The Ontological Argument Part 2.doc|
|The Ontological Argument.doc|
|Biblical Examples of Religious Experiences.doc|
|evaluation of the argument from religious experience.docx|
|Example Essay Rel Exp.docx|
|Peter Vardy notes on religious experience.pdf|
|Religious Experience (Dept Notes).doc|
- You should have a lot of material in your files from last year's study of Religious Experience for AS Coursework (Unit 2: Investigations).
- The text in the departmental anthology called 'Religious Experience' by Richard Swinburne (1996) should also be of help.
|Peter Vardy notes on religious language.pdf|
|Religious language (dept notes).doc|
|Religious Language Revision.ppt|
|Religious Language summary.doc|
Critiques of Religious Belief
Below is a range of sites, updated on a regular and automatic basis, which gives you the opportunity to do some extra thinking. Enjoy.
- Michael Ignatieff on Political Theory and Political Practice 12/04/2014 22:29
Michael Ignatieff was an academic with a keen inerest in political theory before he learnt the hard way about politics in practice. He was an academic who became leader of the opposition in Canada then lost heavily in the 2011 Prime Ministerial election. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses the relationship between theory and practice in politics with Nigel Warburton.
- Stephen Darwall on Moral Accountability 30/03/2014 19:57
- David Papineau on Philosophy and Sport 13/03/2014 11:35
- Roberto Mangabeira Unger on Deep Freedom 04/03/2014 09:31
- Nicola Lacey on H.L.A.Hart and Legal Positivism 24/02/2014 10:14
H.L.A. Hart made significant contributions to legal philosophy. Nicola Lacey discusses his legal positivism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
- John Skorupski on Normativity 09/02/2014 19:00
- Tim Scanlon on What's Wrong with Inequality? 25/01/2014 18:51
- Emma Borg on Language and Context 07/01/2014 20:39
- Patricia Churchland on Self Control 22/12/2013 15:12
Neurophilosopher Pat Churchland discusses the insights that neuroscience can give us into the nature of self control in this episode of the Philosophyh Bites podcast.
- Jennifer Saul on Implicit Bias 07/12/2013 20:58
Implicit biases are tricky. We all have them, apparently, but we don't realise we have them. What are the implications of these biases? Does it, perhaps, go some way to explaining why there are so few women in academic philosophy? Jennifer Saul discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.