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010098 VO Atheism: Old and New (2018S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie

Details

Language: Englisch

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Erster Prüfungstermin: DO 28.06.2018 13.15-14.45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Weitere Prüfungstermine:
05.07.2018 15.00-16.30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
27.09.2018 15.00-16.30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG

Thursday 01.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 24.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim:
The aim is to introduce students to the academic study of atheism and to the main ideas and arguments promoted by exponents of atheism. The course will cover examples from antiquity and the modern period.

Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes ‘atheism’, and how can be studied in a comparative context and in relation to ‘theism’;
• acquire knowledge of the different approaches to atheism; will identify the sometimes complex nature of atheistic argumentation; and will be able to compare this vivid movement from antiquity to the modern times.

Description:
Atheism is as old as theism. Contrary to the traditional modern view that sees atheism as a modern accomplishment, humans have doubted, challenged, and scrutinized the religious ideas of their own societies ever since the emergence those ideas. The course will examine such theories from different and diverse cultural and historical contexts, ranging from Ancient Greece to the modern period and the so-called ‘New Atheism’ of the 21st century.

Method:
Lectures with visual and textual material in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment and permitted materials
Oral exam (in English).
Permitted Instruments: None.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
(Beurteilungskriterien) und der Beurteilungsmaßstab (nach Maßgabe von § 59 Abs. 6 UG).
Oral or written exam (in English).

Examination topics

Examination topics: Lecture content

Reading list

Reading list
(1) Tim Whitmarsh. 2015. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World. New York: Knopf Publishing.
(2) Michael Martin, ed. 2007. The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(3) Stephen Bullivant, ed. 2013. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(4) Richard Dawkins. 2006. The God Delusion. London: Bantam Press.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M3

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