Philosophy and the Divine: God in Western Thought


God plays an important and fundamental role in many people’s lives. But what sort of role has God played in philosophy? How have philosophers understood notions of God and how have they used notions of God to make sense of the world and of ourselves? And why do so many philosophers today have no role for God in their understanding of the world? In this course, we will take a brief look at different perspectives on God through the ages, starting with Ancient Greece, through to the Medieval scholastic period, Enlightenment rationalism and empiricism, post-Enlightenment existentialism and today’s naturalist worldview. This course offers a fascinating journey through Western philosophical thought as well as clarifying and provoking ideas about God, ourselves and our world.

Starts: Feb. 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Today: Naturalism and the New Atheism

Feb. 10, 2014 Lecturer: Ricky Sebold (La Trobe)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The scholastics: Augustine, Abelard and Aquinas

April 9, 2014 Lecturer: John Fox (La Trobe)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The ancients: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Aug. 28, 2014 Lecturer: Dominic Lenzi (Melb Uni)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The empiricists: Berkeley and Hume

Sept. 18, 2014 Lecturer: Nik Alksnis and Ross Pain (La Trobe)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The existential turn: Nietzsche and French Existentialism

Sept. 25, 2014 Lecturer: Jack Reynolds and Ricky Sebold (Deakin/La Trobe)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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The rationalists: Descartes and Spinoza

Nov. 9, 2014 Lecturer: Tessa Jones (Monash)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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