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What do we really mean when you use the term 'God' or the 'divine' or ‘soul’? This module considers the origins of such terms in the philosophical realm and how the concept has been understood by such philosophers as Plato, Descartes, and Hume.
What does it mean to believe in God? What does it mean when someone says they believe in a divine being and/or an immortal soul? How does such belief affect our attitudes towards truth or morality? Does it matter if belief in God is seemingly irrational? Where does our concept of God come from? This module will begin with the ancient Greeks, who engage in speculation over the existence of the soul, before moving on to Descartes who links a belief in the existence of the soul with the existence of God. Hume's scepticism will then be examined, bringing us then into the twentieth century with existentialist responses and the rise of the new 'militant atheists' as well as theistic responses to this.
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