Term 1: Classical Theism and The Philosophy of Religion (Mr. Francis Williamson)
This course introduces students to some of the central topics in contemporary Philosophy of Religion, albeit from the perspective of classical theism. We discuss some core arguments for the existence of God (the ontological, the kalam and the cosmological) and also examine some questions about the nature of faith and the possibility of both religious pluralism and universal salvation.
Term 2: Descartes (Prof. Ward Jones)
One of the most important and influential texts in the history of philosophy is Rene Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy (1641). In this extraordinarily ambitious short book, Descartes attempts to start philosophy again from the beginning. In this course, we will carefully meditate with Descartes through his fundamental work. Although Descartes' text is taught frequently throughout the world - you have to understand it to understand much philosophy coming after it - it is usually not taught as something we should all believe. I beg to differ. I think that all of what Descartes says is interesting and plausible, and much of it is true. I will try and convince you of this.
Term 3: to be announced
Term 4: Chinese Philosophy (Prof. M. Vermaak)
All lectures in Zoo Minor 02
Tuesday Period 2; Wednesday Period 3; Thursday Period 4; Friday Period 5
Tutorials are on Mondays.
There are weekly tutorial assignments & four long assignments (one per term).
Assessment is by examination, tutorial performance, and term assignment.