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PRHS3170
Module Reading List

Religion, Belief and Ethics, 2020/21, Semester 1
Mikel Burley
m.m.burley@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Module Outline (including Required and Supplementary Reading)

The required reading must be done by all students. The supplementary reading is optional. Not all weeks have supplementary readings assigned to them. For further reading suggestions, listed under specific topics, see the section headed ‘Resources and Reading List’ in the Module Handbook. For the precise days and times of lectures and seminars, see your personal timetable. FOR SEMINAR QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE MODULE HANDBOOK.

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WEEK ONE (week beginning 28th September 2020)

Required reading (We shall use the following article as the basis for discussion in the seminar)

Schilbrack, Kevin. 2010. Religions: Are There Any? Journal of the American Academy of Religion., Vol. 78, No. 4, pp. 1112–1138.

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WEEK TWO (week beginning 5th October 2020)

Required reading

Phillips, D. Z. 1965. Superstition and Petitionary Prayer. In his The concept of prayer.. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, pp. 112–130 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .  

Clack, Beverley. 2012. Being Human: Religion and Superstition in a Psychoanalytic Philosophy of Religion. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. ISSN: 1358-2461; 1755-3555, Vol. 70, pp. 255–279.

Supplementary reading

Clack, Brian R. 1995. D. Z. Phillips, Wittgenstein and Religion. Religious studies, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 111–120. [This is a review by Clack of Phillips’ book, Wittgenstein and religion. The most relevant part of the review for our purposes begins on p. 113.]

Mounce, H. O. 1973. Understanding a Primitive Society. Philosophy.ISSN: 0031-8191; 1469-817X, Vol. 48, No. 186, pp. 347–362. 

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WEEK THREE (week beginning 12th October 2020)

Required reading

Stevenson, Ian. 1977. The Explanatory Value of the Idea of Reincarnation. Journal of nervous and mental disease.ISSN: 0022-3018, Vol. 164, No. 5, pp. 305–326.

Cockburn, David. 1991. The Evidence for Reincarnation. Religious studies, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 199–207.

Supplementary reading

Burley, Mikel. 2016. Finding Meaning in Multiple Lives. In his Rebirth and the stream of life : a philosophical study of reincarnation, karma and ethicsISBN: 9781628922257 (hardcover); 1628922257 (hardcover); 9781628922264 (paperback); 1628922265 (paperback); 9781628922271 (electronic publication); 9781628922288 (electronic book). New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 61–79.

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WEEK FOUR (week beginning 19th October 2020)

Required reading

Kaufman, Whitley R. P. 2005. Karma, Rebirth, and the Problem of Evil. Philosophy east and west.ISSN: 0031-8221, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 15–32.

Chadha, Monima, and Nick Trakakis. 2007. Karma and the Problem of Evil: A Response to Kaufman. Philosophy east and west, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 533–556.

Supplementary reading

Burley, Mikel. 2016. Karma and Evil. In his Rebirth and the stream of life : a philosophical study of reincarnation, karma and ethics. New York: Bloomsbury, pp. 129–154.

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WEEK FIVE (week beginning 26th October 2020)

Required reading

Jantzen, Grace M. 1994. Do We Need Immortality? Modern Theology, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 33–44. [The same article by Grace Jantzen is also available in In Language, Metaphysics, and Death, ed. John Donnelly, 2nd edn. New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 265–277.]    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Supplementary reading

Lash, Nicholas. 1978. Eternal Life: Life ‘after’ Death? Heythrop Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 271–284.

Taliaferro, Charles. 1990. Why We Need Immortality. Modern Theology, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 367–377.

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WEEK SIX (week beginning 2nd November 2020)

Required reading

Jantzen, Grace M. 1994. Feminists, Philosophers, and Mystics. Hypatia, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 186–206.

Supplementary reading

Raphael, Melissa. 1994. Feminism, Constructivism, and Numinous Experience. Religious Studies, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 511–526.

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WEEK SEVEN (week beginning 9th November 2020)

Required reading

Clack, Beverley. 2013. Feminism and the Problem of Evil. In The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil, ed. Justin P. McBrayer and Daniel Howard-Snyder. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 326–339.

Supplementary reading

Trakakis, Nick. 2008. Theodicy: The Solution to the Problem of Evil, or Part of the Problem? Sophia, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 161–191.

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WEEK EIGHT (week beginning 16th November 2020)

Required reading

Green, Deidre Nicole. 2013. Works of Love in a World of Violence: Kierkegaard, Feminism, and the Limits of Self-Sacrifice. Hypatia, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 568–584.

Supplementary reading

Lippitt, John. 2009. True Self-Love and True Self-Sacrifice. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 125–138.

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WEEK NINE (week beginning 23rd November 2020)

Required reading

Cook, John W. 1983. Magic, Witchcraft, and Science. Philosophical investigations.ISSN: 0190-0536, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 2–36.

Supplementary reading

Winch, Peter. 1964. Understanding a Primitive Society. American philosophical quarterly.ISSN: 0003-0481, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 307–324.

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WEEK TEN (week beginning 30th November 2020)

Required reading

Churchill, John. 1992. Something Deep and Sinister. Modern theology.ISSN: 0266-7177, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 15–37.

Supplementary reading

Bell, Richard H. 1978. Understanding the Fire-Festivals: Wittgenstein and Theories in Religion. Religious studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 113–124.

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WEEK ELEVEN (week beginning 7th December 2020)

No required reading 

This list was last updated on 10/08/2020