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.
- Jesse Prinz on Art and Emotion 22/05/2015 22:16
What part do emotions play in our appreciation of art? Jesse Prinz explores the sense of wonder at artworks in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
- Cassim Quassam on Conspiracy Theories 10/05/2015 23:50
- Tim Williamson on the Appeal of Relativism 28/04/2015 09:32
Are all truths relative? That's an attractive idea for many people. Tim Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University discusses why and attempts to immunise us against sloppy thinking in this area.
- 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