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PHIL2532
Module Reading List

Philosophy of Religion, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr. Scott Shalkowski
s.shalkowski@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 2: Omnipotence and Timelessness.

Required Reading:

Mavrodes, G. I. 1963. Some Puzzles Concerning Omnipotence. Philosophical review., 72: 221-223. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2183106?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Savage, W. 1967. The Paradox of the Stone. Philosophical review., 76: 74-79. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2182966?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Leftow, B. 2010. Eternity. In Draper, P. Taliaferro, C. and Quinn, P. L. (eds.) A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781444320152.

Further Reading:

Heim, P. Eternity. In Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/eternity/

Craig, W. L. 2000. Timelessness and Omnitemporality. Philosophia Christi, 2: 33. Available online at: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/timelessness-andomnitemporality.

Oppy, G. 2005. Omnipotence. Philosophy and phenomenological research., 71: 58-84. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40040837.

Stump, E. and Kretzmann, N. 1981. Eternity. Journal of philosophy., 78: 429-458. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2026047?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Swinburne, R. 1993. The coherence of theism. New York: Clarendon. (Chapter 12.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0198240708.001.0001/acprof9780198240709.

Week 3: Benevolence and the Problem of Evil

Required Reading:

Mackie, J. L. Evil and Omnipotence. Mind., 64: 200-2012. Available online at: http://philpapers.org/rec/MACEAO.

Strongly Recommeded Secondary Reading:

Swinburne, R. 2004. The Existence of God. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 11.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001 /acprof-9780199271672.

Further Reading:

Rice, H. 2000. God and goodness. New York. Oxford University Press. (Chapter 6.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0198250282.001.0001/acprof9780198250289.

Tooley, M. 2015. The Problem of Evil. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/

van Inwagen, P. 2005. The Problem of Evil. In Wainright, W. J. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195138090.001.0001/acprof9780195138092.

Plantinga, A. 1974. The nature of necessity. Oxford: Clarendon. (Chapter 9.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0198244142.001.0001/acprof9780198244141.

Week 4: Divine Foreknowledge and Free Will

Required Reading:

Helm, P. 1975. Timelessness and Foreknowledge. Mind., 84: 516-527. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2253637?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Zagzebski, L. 2011. Foreknowledge and Free Will. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/free-willforeknowledge/.

Further Reading:

Swinburne, R. 1993. The coherence of theism. New York: Clarendon. (Chapter 12.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0198240708.001.0001/acprof9780198240709.

Stump, E. and Kretzmann, N. 1991. Prophecy, Past Truth, and Eternity. Philosophical perspectives., 5: 395-424. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2214103?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Rice, H. 1994. On Middle Knowledge. The philosophical quarterly., 44: 495-502. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2220248?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Week 5: Ontological arguments.

Required Reading:

Malcolm, N. 1960. Anselm’s Ontological Arguments. Philosophical review., 69: 4162. Online at: http://www.jstor.org/pss/2182266

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Descartes’ Meditation V: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/descartes/meditations/Meditation5.html

Further Reading:

Nolan, L. 2011. Descartes Ontological Argument. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/descartesontological/.

Leftow, B. 2005. The Ontological Argument. In Wainwright, W. J. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195138090.001.0001/acprof9780195138092.

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

Oppy, G. 2015. Ontological Arguments. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ontologicalarguments/.

Plantinga, A. 1966. Kant’s Objection to the Ontological Argument. Journal of philosophy., 63: 537-546. Online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2024217

Alston, W. P. 1960. The Ontological Argument Revisited. The Philosophical Review, 69: 452-474. Online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2183480

Week 6: Cosmological arguments.

Required Reading:

Craig, W. L. 1990. ‘What Place, Then, for a Creator?’: Hawking on God and Creation. British journal for the philosophy of science., 41: 473-491. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/687861?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Smith, Q. 1987. Infinity and the Past. Philosophy of science., 54: 63-75. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/187473.

Further Reading:

Reichenbach, B. 2013. Cosmological Argument. In Zalta, N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cosmologicalargument/

Swinburne, R. 2004. The Existence of God. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 7.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001 /acprof-9780199271672.

David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Part IX. Available online from Project Guttenberg.

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

Gale, R. M. and Pruss, A. R. 2005. Cosmological and Design Arguments. In Wainwright, W. J. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195138090.001.0001/acprof9780195138092.

Wainwright, W. J. 1982. Review. Noûs., 16: 328-334. Review of The Kalām Cosmological Argument by William Lane Craig. Available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/2215379.

Week 7: Design arguments.

Required Reading:

Swinburne, R. 2004. The Existence of God. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 8.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001 /acprof-9780199271672.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Robert C Koons ‘How Physics is Reviving the Argument from Design’. Available online at: http://www.leaderu.com/offices/koons/docs/svsu.html.

Further Reading:

Garcia, L. L. 2010. Teleological and Design Arguments. In Taliaferro, C. and Quinn, P. (eds.) A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781444320152.

Gale, R. M. and Pruss, A. R. 2005. Cosmological and Design Arguments. In Wainwright, W. J. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195138090.001.0001/acprof9780195138092.

Koperski, J. and Ratzsch, D. 2015. Teleological Arguments for God’s Existence. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/teleological-arguments/.

Mackie, J. L. 1982. The miracle of theism : arguments for and against the existence of God. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 8.) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Robert C Koons ‘How Physics is Reviving the Argument from Design’. Available online at: http://www.leaderu.com/offices/koons/docs/svsu.html.

Colyvan, M., Garfield, J. L. and Priest, G. 2005. Problems with the Argument from Fine Tuning. Synthese., 145: 325-338. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20118600.

Week 8: Pragmatic arguments.

Required Reading:

Jordan, J. 2005. Pascal’s Wagers and James’s Will to Believe. In Wainwright, W. J. (ed.) The Oxford handbook of philosophy of religion. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/0195138090.001.0001/acprof9780195138092.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Jordan, J. 2014. Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pragmaticbelief-god/.

Further Reading:

Jordan, J. 2006. Pascal’s Wager: Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God. New York: Oxford University Press. Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291328.001.0001 /acprof-9780199291328.

Swinburne, R. G. 1969. The Christian Wager. Religious Studies, 4: 217-228. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20004718?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Hájek, A. 2012. Pascal’s Wager. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pascal-wager/.

Week 9: Faith and reason.

Required Reading: Clifford, W. K. 1877. The Ethics of Belief. Contemporary review., 29: 289-309. Available online at: http://www.uta.edu/philosophy/faculty/burgessjackson/Clifford.pdf.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Amesbury, R. 2012. Fideism. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/fideism/.

Further Reading:

Penelhum, T. 2010. Fideism. In Taliaferro, C. and Quinn, P. (eds.) A Companion to Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781444320152.

Forrest, P. 2014. The Epistemology of Religion. In Zalta, E. N. (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. URL: http://plato.stanford.edu/cgibin/encyclopedia/archinfo.cgi?entry=religion-epistemology.

Swinburne, R. 1981. Faith and Reason. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 1, 2 and 4.) Available online at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283927.001.0001 /acprof-9780199283927.

Jordan, J. 2008. Theistic Belief and Religious Uncertainty. URL: http://infidels.org/library/modern/jeffrey_jordan/belief.html.

Week 10: Religious language.

Required Reading:

Levine, P. 1985. Can We Speak Literally of God? Religious studies., 21: 53-59. Available online at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20006138?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

Strongly Recommended Secondary Reading:

Scott, M. 2010. Religious Language. Philosophy compass., 5: 505-515. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.17479991.2010.00301.x/abstract.

Further Reading:

Le Roy, E. 1974. Religious Language is ‘Practical’. In Charlesworth, M. J. and Cliffs, E. (eds.) The problem of religious language. NJL Prentice hall. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Lipton, P. 2007. Science and Religion: The Immersion Solution. Moore, A. and Scott, M. (eds.) Realism and religion : philosophical and theological perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate. Available online at: http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/people/lipton/science_and_religion.pdf.

Cordry, B. S. 2010. A Critique of Religious Fictionalism. Religious studies., 46: 77-89. Available online: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7095232 &fileId=S0034412509990291.

This list was last updated on 26/02/2016