Study group Philosophy of Religion



Hans Van Eyghen

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Topic & aim

The study group will discuss issues in recent philosophy of religion. Philosophy of religion includes discussion about arguments for and against the existence of God, divine properties, such as omniscience, the nature and value of faith, the relationship between religion and science, and religious practices, such as prayer and the sacraments.

Set-up & practicalities

For each meeting, a topic will be chosen and prepared by one or two members of the study group. Examples of topics are: the problem of evil, the teleological argument, God’s omnibenevolence, etc. Participants will be asked to read one or more texts on the topic in advance. To foster discussion we will attempt to select texts which take different  perspectives on the chosen topic; for example, one text in defense of the problem of evil  and one against. During the meeting, the preparing member will briefly present the topic and the texts. The other members will be given a chance to ask questions and then there will be discussion, led by the presenting member. If two members each want to present a different perspective on a topic, this will be encouraged.

If one member wishes to discuss his or her own text, this will also be encouraged. This member will then be asked to frame his or her text within a topic and look for an opposing text or a text with a somewhat different perspective. During the meeting, the member who submitted the text will present and lead the discussion.

The overall aim is to bring philosophers with an interest in philosophy of religion together and to foster new work and collaboration.

OZSW members who belong to this group

Member Affiliation
de Bruin, LeonRadboud University Nijmegen
de Ridder, JeroenVU University Amsterdam
Van Eyghen, HansTilburg University
van Woudenberg, RenéVU University Amsterdam
Rutten, EmanuelVU University Amsterdam
Griffioen, SjoerdUniversity of Groningen
Boven, MartijnLeiden University
Beukes, JohannTwente University

Other people who belong to this group

David Dessin, Walter Vanherck, Dennis Dieks, Gijsbert van den Brink, Michael Bauwens, Koenraad Elst, Marc de Kesel, Wiebe Sabelis

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