Philosophy and the Divine: God in Western Thought
WHEN: April 9, 2014
WHERE: The Alderman - 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East, VIC
FORMAT: 45 minute Q & A, 45 minute lecture

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.


Today: Naturalism and the New Atheism

Feb. 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Ricky Sebold (La Trobe)

The scholastics: Augustine, Abelard and Aquinas

April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: John Fox (La Trobe)

The ancients: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle

Aug. 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Dominic Lenzi (Melb Uni)

The empiricists: Berkeley and Hume

Sept. 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Nik Alksnis and Ross Pain (La Trobe)

The existential turn: Nietzsche and French Existentialism

Sept. 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Jack Reynolds and Ricky Sebold (Deakin/La Trobe)

The rationalists: Descartes and Spinoza

Nov. 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Tessa Jones (Monash)
WHERE: The Alderman