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Unit Overview


This unit assesses the coherence/incoherence of theism through a critical examination of concepts and problems associated with theistic faith in Western religious thought. It examines the adequacy of proposed solutions to some of the perennial and most troublesome problems that theists (and atheists) who reflect on their beliefs from a philosophical perspective have had to face. Alternative concepts of deity (pantheism, deism and panentheism) are also examined. Readings are drawn from classical and contemporary sources in philosophy and philosophical theology. Areas of enquiry include arguments for and against the existence of God, the divine attributes, the problem of evil, miracles, mystical experience, the nature of religious faith, religious language, and immortality and the nature of the soul.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Philosophy major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) have a critical understanding of some of the fundamental problems of philosophy of religion; (2) have an awareness of the philosophical aspect of issues relating to faith and rationality, concepts of deity, evil, mystical experience, miracles, immortality, natural theology, 'proofs' for/against god's existence; (3) assess philosophical theories regarding the nature of these issues; (4) have a critical appreciation of the representation of philosophical ideas about religion; (5) understand ways in which issues in philosophy of religion are related to other philosophical problems in ethics, metaphysics and social and political philosophy; (6) independently interpret philosophical texts; (7) locate philosophical ideas in their historical context; (8) evaluate philosophical positions, including identifying counter-examples and identifying and questioning their basic assumptions; (9) compare and contrast philosophical positions; (10) construct persuasive arguments; and (11) demonstrate strong written communication and research skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) one to two research essays; (2) an end-of-semester examination; and (3) class participation and presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the class participation and presentation component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrew Milne
Unit rules
any Level 1 Philosophy unit
PHIL2211 Philosophy of Religion
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
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