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PHIL1007
Module Reading List

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Tasia Scrutton
t.scrutton@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Seminars 4 and 5:

1. Stump, Eleonore and Murray, Michael. 1999. Philosophy of religion : the big questions. Section on 'The Cosmological Argument'. Wiley-Blackwell. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

2. Craig, William Lane, and Sinclair, James D. 2009. “The Kalām Cosmological Argument,” in William L. Craig and James P. Moreland (eds.), The Blackwell companion to natural theology , London: Blackwell, 101 – 103; 189 – 190 (on Mackie’s objection to Premise 1); 195 – 196 (Adolf Grünbaum on Group I and II objections). Available at: http://commonsenseatheism.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/craig-and-sinclair-the-kalam-cosmological-argument.pdf

3. Le Poidevin, Robin. 1996. Must the Universe have a Cause? In Arguing for atheism : an introduction to the philosophy of religion. Available at http://commonsenseatheism.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Le-Poidevin-Must-the-universe-have-a-cause.pdf

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Seminar 6 and 7

1. Hick, John. 1966. Evil and the god of love. p. 253 – 261 (The ‘vale of soul-making’ theodicy) and pp. 322 – 336 (‘A paradise without suffering? ’ to ‘The Kingdom of God and the Will of God’)

2. Ali Mobini, Mohammed. 2013. Earth's Epistemic Fruits for Harmony with God: An Islamic Theodicy, in The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil (eds J. P. McBrayer and D. Howard-Snyder), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford.

3. Clack, Beverley. 2013. Feminism and the Problem of Evil. In: The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil

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Seminars 8 and 9:

1. Dawkins, Richard. 2006. The God Delusion. Bantam Press. Chapter 3. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

2. Plantinga, Alvin. 2007. The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum. Available at http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/DawkinsGodDelusionPlantingaReview.pdf

3. Le Poidevin, Robin. 2010. Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction . Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapters 1 and 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Seminar 10

1. Griffin, David Ray. 2004. God, power, and evil : a process theodicy. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, chapter 17 (‘worshipfulness and the omnipotence fallacy’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

2. Scrutton, Anastasia. 2013. Divine Passibility: God and Emotion. Philosophy compass. 8/9. 866 – 874 and Thinking through feeling : God, emotion, and passibilityintroduction.

3. Zagzebski, Linda. nd. Omnisubjectivity. Available at: http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/39971.pdf

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Seminar 11

1. Phillips, D.Z. 1970. Death and immortality. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 1 (‘Does Belief in Immortality Rest on a Mistake? ’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

2. Williams, Bernard. 1973. Personal Identity and Individuation. In Problems of the self : philosophical papers, 1956-1972. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1–18 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

3. Burley, Mikel. 2012. Believing in Reincarnation. Philosophy. 87 (2), 261–279

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Resources & Reading List:

THE FOLLOWING ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS ONLY – YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO FIND YOUR OWN RESOURCES VIA THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, AND DATABASES SUCH AS ‘ATLA’ AND ‘THE PHILOSOPHERS’ INDEX’.

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1.The cosmological arguments

Most Introductions to the Philosophy of Religion will have discussions of the arguments for God’s existence. For example:

Stump, Eleonore and Murray, Michael (eds.). 1999. Philosophy of religion : the big questions. Wiley-Blackwell.

For specifics regarding the cosmological argument and the Kalām cosmological argument, in addition to the seminar readings, see

Reichenbach, Bruce. 2012. Cosmological Argument. Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource].. Available at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cosmological-argument/#Bib

This, and the Craig/Sinclair seminar reading, provide an extensive list of additional resources.

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2. The problem of evil

 

Most if not all Introductions to the Philosophy of Religion will provide discussion of the problem of evil; for example:

Stump, Eleonore and Murray, Michael (eds). 1999. Philosophy of religion : the big questions. Wiley-Blackwell

For some specific responses to the problem of evil, the following may be of interest:

Clack, Beverley. 2013. Feminism and the Problem of Evil. In: The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil.

Ekstrom, Laura. 2013. A Christian theodicy. In: The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil. Ed. McBrayer, Justin, and Howard-Snyder, Daniel. John Wiley, 266 - 280

Chadha, Monima, and Trakakis, Nick. 2007. Karma and the problem of evil: a response to Kaufman. Philosophy east and west. 57.4, 533 - 556

Farley, Wendy, 1990. Tragic vision and divine compassion : a contemporary theodicy , Louisville, KY.: Westminster/John Knox Press.

Goldschmidt, Tyron, and Seacord, Beth. 2013. Judaism, reincarnation and theodicy. Faith and Philosophy 30.4, 393 – 417 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Hick, John. 2010. Evil and the God of love. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kaufman, Whitley. 2005. Karma, Rebirth and the problem of evil. Philosophy east and west. 55.1, 15 - 32

Kaufman, Whitley. 2007. Karma, Rebirth, and the Problem of Evil: A Reply to Critics. Philosophy east and west. , 57. 4, 556-560.

McCord Adams, Marilyn. 1999. Horrendous evils and the goodness of God. Ithaca: Cornell University Press

Pagels, Elaine. 1989. Adam, Eve, and the serpent. New York: Vintage.

Plantinga, Alvin. 1975. God, freedom and evil. Oxford: Clarendon Press

Raphael, Melissa. 2004. The price of (Masculine) Freedom and Becoming: A Jewish Feminist Response to Eliezer Berkovit’s Post-Holocaust Free-Will Defence of God’s Non-Intervention in Auschwitz. In Feminist philosophy of religion : critical readings Ed. Anderson, Pamela Sue, and Clack, Beverley. London: Routledge, 136 -150

Sharma, Arvind. 2008. Karma, Rebirth, and the Problem of Evil: An Interjection in the Debate Between Whitley Kaufman and Monima Chadha and Nick Trakakis. Philosophy east and west.58.4, 572 - 575

Shatz, David. On constructing a Jewish theodicy. In: The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil. Ed. McBrayer, Justin, and Howard-Snyder, Daniel. John Wiley, 309 - 365

Stump, Eleonore. 2010. Wandering in darkness : narrative and the problem of suffering. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Stump, Eleonore. 2009. The problem of evil. In Crisp, Oliver, and Rea, Michael (ed.s), Analytic theology : new essays in the philosophy of theology . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 252 - 264EBook available

Swinburne, Richard. 1998. Providence and the problem of evil. Oxford: Clarendon Press

 

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3 Some alternatives to theism: New Atheism, Humanism, and agnosticism

 

Amarasingam, Amarnath (ed.). 2010. Religion and the new atheism : a critical appraisal. Leiden: Brill.

Baggini, Julian. 2003. Atheism : a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cotter, Christopher, and Quadio, Philip (ed.s). 2016 (forthcoming). New atheism : critical perspectives and contemporary debates. Dordrecht: Springer

Hume, David. 2007. Dialogues concerning natural religion and other writings (ed. Dorothy Coleman), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Part 10.

Law, Stephen. 2011. Humanism : a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Le Poidevin, Robin. 1996. Arguing for atheism : an introduction to the philosophy of religion. London: Routledge.

Mackie, J.L. 1982. The miracle of theism : arguments for and against the existence of God. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Martin, Michael. 2006. The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Martin, Michael. 1990. Atheism : a philosophical justification. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Shalkowski, Scott. 2001. Atheistic teleology. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 1.1, 5 – 19

 

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4. Non-classical conceptions of God

 

Cobb, John and Griffin, David. 1976. Process theology : an introductory exposition ,Philadelphia: Westminster Press

Clack, Beverley. 2013. Feminism and the Problem of Evil. In: The Blackwell companion to the problem of evil.

Daly, Mary. 1975. “The Qualitative Leap beyond Patriarchal Religion.” In Women and values : readings in recent feminist philosophy , edited by Marilyn Pearsall. Belmount, CA: Wadsworth.

Daly, Mary. 1991. Gyn/ecology : the metaethics of radical feminism. London : Women’s Press.

Jantzen, Grace. 1984. God's world, God's body . London: Westminster John Knox Press.

Heschel, Abraham J. The Prophets. New York: 1962

Jantzen, Grace. 1995. Power, gender and Christian mysticism . Cambridge: CUP.

Jantzen, Grace. 1998. Becoming divine : towards a feminist philosophy of religion . Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Raphael, Melissa. 2004. The price of (Masculine) Freedom and Becoming: A Jewish Feminist Response to Eliezer Berkovit’s Post-Holocaust Free-Will Defence of God’s Non-Intervention in Auschwitz. In Feminist philosophy of religion : critical readings. Ed. Anderson, Pamela Sue, and Clack, Beverley. London: Routledge, 136 -150

Scrutton, Anastasia. 2011. Thinking through feeling : God, emotion, and passibility: God, Emotion and Passibility. New York: Continuum.

Scrutton, Anastasia. 2013. Divine passibility: God and emotion. Philosophy compass. Volume 8 Issue 9: 866 – 874

Starhawk. 1990. Dreaming the dark : magic, sex & politics. London: Unwin Hyman.

Taliaferro, Charles. 1989. The Passibility of God. Religious studies. 25.2, 217 – 224.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. 1988. Suffering Love. In Philosophy and the Christian faith. ed. TV Morris. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 196 - 237

Wynn, Mark. 2013. Renewing the senses : a study of the philosophy and theology of the spiritual life . Oxford: Oxford University Press

Zabzebski, Linda. 2013. Omnisubjectivity : a defense of a divine attribute. Marquette University Press.

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5. Non-theistic philosophy of religion: Reincarnation – a case study

Burley, Mikel. 2016. Rebirth and the stream of life : a philosophical study of reincarnation, karma and ethics. New York: Bloomsbury.

Burley, Mikel. 2015. 'Reincarnation and the Lack of Imagination in Philosophy' , Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4, 39–64

Burley, Mikel. 2014. Taking Reincarnation Seriously: Critical Discussion of Some Central Ideas from John Hick’, International journal of philosophy and theology. 75, 236–253.

Cranston, Sylvia. 1977. Reincarnation, the phoenix fire mystery : an east-west dialogue on death and rebirth from the worlds of religion, science, psychology, philosophy, art and literature and from great thinkers of the past and present. New York: Julian Press

Edwards, Paul. 2001. Reincarnation : a critical examination. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Hick, John. 1994. Death and eternal life. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Know Press (or 1980 edition published by Harper and Row)

Mackintosh, J.J. 1989. Reincarnation and relativized identity. Religious studies. 25.2, 153 – 165

Martin, Raymond. 1992. Survival of bodily death: a question of values. Religious studies.28.2, 165 – 184

Noonan, Harold. 1990. The possibility of reincarnation. Religious studies. 26.4, 483 - 491

Stoeber, Michael. 1990. Personal identity and rebirth. Religious studies. 26.4, 493 – 500

Walter, Tony. 2001. Reincarnation, Modernity and Identity. Sociology. 35.1, 21 – 38

White, Claire. 2015. Establishing personal identity in reincarnation: minds and bodies reconsidered. Journal of Cognition and Culture 15.3 – 4, 402 – 429

White, Claire. 2016. Cross-cultural similarities in reasoning about personal continuity in reincarnation: evidence from South India. Religion, Brain and Behavior 6.2, 130 - 153 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

This list was last updated on 26/07/2016