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Module PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION IN THE MODERN AGE

Module code: PH356
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Department: PHILOSOPHY
International: Yes
Coordinator: Dr Cyril McDonnell (PHILOSOPHY)
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This module examines Kantís famous critique of transcendental arguments in metaphysics in his Critique of Pure Reason (1781; 1787) as background to some important new lines of thinking which it provoked in philosophy of religion in the 19th-, 20th- and 21st- centuries, beginning with Hegelís account of the historical march of reason in the concept of Absolute Spirit; Kierkegaardís rejection of Hegelís rationality of divine immanence, in deference to a thinking about the reality of the absurd and the significance of individual faith in the Absolute Other (God), beyond aesthetic and ethical spheres of human existence; Schleiermacherís reflections on the feeling of absolute dependence on the infinite, characteristic of religious self-consciousness in all religions; Levinasís critique of Heideggerís atheistic-amoral existential phenomenology of Being and Time (1927) and retrieval of the rationality of transcendence in the trace of the infinite in Ďthe face of the otherí through service to oneís fellow human being as manifested in ethical-religious experience; Desmondís reflections on God and the Between (2008), beyond Hegel and Kant, yet in concert with a philosophical faith in the createdness of all things out of nothing.

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