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.
- Shaun Nichols on Death and the Self 15/04/2015 00:02
How does your view of the self affect your attitude to your own death? Shaun Nichols discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
- Rebecca Roache on Swearing 29/03/2015 15:43
Warning: this episode on the philosophy of swearing includes swearing. Rebecca Roache discusses swearing and whether there are good arguments for refraining from it.
- Lisa Bortolotti on Irrationality 19/03/2015 07:46
- Jonathan Webber on Deceiving With Words 01/03/2015 20:44
There are many ways to deceive with words, some of which don't involve lying. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Webber considers whether it matters or not if you lie.
- Simon Critchley on Suicide 16/02/2015 09:28
- Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals 03/02/2015 12:30
Many philosophers argue in favour of the welfare of animals because of their capacity for feeling pain. Harvard philosopher Christine Korsgaard is unusual in using Kantian arguments to defend the status of animals as ends in themselves. She discusses her approach with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
- Meira Levinson on the Aims of Education 18/01/2015 19:51
- Lucy Allais on Forgiveness 04/01/2015 15:24
- Who is the most impressive philosopher you've met? A compilation. 20/12/2014 14:40
We've collected a range of answers to the question 'Who's the most impressive philosopher you've met?' This includes the late Ronald Dworkin's response along with many others. Some of the answers are expected, but quite a few are suprising.
- Julia Annas on What is Virtue Ethics For? 20/12/2014 13:30
Julia Annas explains what Virtue Ethics is for and how it differs from other approaches to the question of how we should live in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.