Is postmodernist suspicion an ally of religious faith, or its deadly enemy? How can anyone doubt the value of foundations and still speak meaningfully of God, or religious faith? Alternatively, does the notion of God as foundation amount to limitation of the divine, or even idolatry? This unit looks at how postmodern thinking bids to rework some traditional connections between faith and philosophy. Canvassing the questions above, it takes the student towards the deeper question of whether theology as such can be said to help, rather than hinder, philosophical approaches to the divine.
Explain the philosophical meaning(s) of the term postmodern, as it informs interrelated postmodern claims for the death of God, death of the self, end of history, and ‘closure of the book’
Explain and evaluate Taylor’s postmodern advocacy of an a/theological faith, with its relationship to anonymous subjectivity and an erring Word
Discuss the significant philosophical commitments found expressed in the divergent approaches above, and the echo in these of historically radical philosophical disagreements
Show a critical awareness of the theological dimensions associated with the philosophical positions studied
Debate, at a sophisticated level, the claim that postmodern believers' philosophico-theological premises intersect with those of agnostics and atheists
Undergraduate philosophical studies, or comparable literary or cultural studies.
Lectures and tutorials — including tutorials/ seminar sessions dedicated to promoting, as key outcomes at postgraduate level, nos. 3 and 4 above.
First essay (3000 words), comprising written-up final version (30 %) following previous Seminar Presentation of draft (20 %)
n.b.: further details about the seminar/essay process are provided below.
2nd Essay (3000 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-22 14:24:39 +1100