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180031 SE What is religion? (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 45 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 17.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 07.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 14.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 21.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 28.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 12.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 19.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 02.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 09.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 16.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 23.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 30.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The positive examination of religion has brought philosophy to the limits of rationality and beyond. In his work "Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason", Kant tries to emphasise the rational traits of religion as the hypothetical purpose of morality. He aims towards a kind of reason based belief that relies on rational and ethical principles and not on superstitious submission. However, even in Kant the fathomless nature of the religious persists: for example in the form of phenomena like the "radical evil" or in the irrevocable tensions between moral-based rational and biblical belief. In contrast, Kierkegaard deems it impossible to build a bridge between the rational and the religious: The leap into faith leaves us with an unintelligible chasm, which renders any positive or rational reference to God impossible and in existential terms, throws us back more so than ever before to ourselves.

The seminar will also address the critical examination of religious belief, therefore we will discuss the works of two very different thinkers. Friedrich Nietzsche's "Antichrist" is an anti-Christian polemic that tackles the question of the genealogical sources of so-called Christian values and of the hidden und disguised continuities of them with Western philosophy. A somewhat more "clinical" approach can be found in Sigmund Freud’s work "The Future of an Illusion", which investigates the psychological causes and symptoms of religious belief and also the social functions of religious practice.

Assessment and permitted materials

Übernahme einer kurzen Präsentation
Termingerechte Abgabe der wöchentlich zu beantwortenden Lektürefrage auf Moodle
Abfassung einer Seminararbeit von ca. 10 Seiten bei Übernahme einer Präsentation; mind. 15 Seiten ohne Präsentation (es ist den LV-Leitern vorbehalten, die Inhalte der Seminararbeit ggf. durch ein Prüfungsgespräch zu überprüfen.)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Um eine positive Note zu erhalten, gelten folgende Mindestanforderungen:

Regelmäßige und aktive Teilnahme am Seminar (max. drei Absenzen)
60% termingerecht eingereichte und positiv bewertete Lektürekommentare
Positiv bewertete Seminararbeit

Examination topics

Der Prüfungsstoff besteht aus den Seminarinhalten und wird gemäß den angegebenen Prüfungsmodalitäten geprüft.

Reading list

Alle Primärtexte werden auf Moodle zugänglich gemacht.

Association in the course directory

BA M 6.2, PP 57.3.4, UF PP 09

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