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  Feminist Philosophy of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Feminist philosophy of religion is important to feminist and nonfeminist philosophy alike for providing a critical understanding of various religious concepts, beliefs, and rituals, as well as of religion as a cultural institution that defines, sanctions, and sometimes challenges gender roles and gender-inflected representations.
The maturing of feminist philosophy of religion as a field distinct from feminist theology was evident at the end of the twentieth century.
One merit of this methodology for feminist philosophy of religion is its exposure of the complexity of gender discourse, the constraints and resistances found in faith practices, and the social conditions of signification.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/feminist-religion   (12187 words)

 Philosophy of religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philosophy of religion is the rational study of the meaning and justification (or rebuttal) of fundamental religious claims, particularly about the nature and existence of God (or gods, or the divine).
Today, philosophers have adopted the term 'philosophy of religion' for the subject, and typically it is regarded as a separate field of specialization, though it is also still treated by some, particularly Catholic philosophers, as a part of metaphysics.
Philosophy of Religion Useful annotated index of religious philosophy topics.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Philosophy_of_religion   (1559 words)

 Department of Philosophy and Religion at UNC Pembroke
Philosophy and religion may evaluate the purpose and meaning of other academic disciplines, even as they consider broader and deeper meanings--indeed even the ultimate meaning--of human life.
The philosophy and religion major is not only for those planning to go on to graduate study in these areas, nor is a religion major just for those contemplating a religious vocation.
A philosophy and religion major is ideal for those interested in pursuing careers in business, management in the non-profit or public sectors, or law.
www.uncp.edu /philosophy_religion   (296 words)

 Philosophy & Religion @ Northeastern University
Philosophy is a broad and varied field of inquiry.
Studying philosophy can develop not only philosophical knowledge and sophistication but also critical thinking and writing abilities that are applicable to pursuits in other academic areas, useful in careers far removed from philosophy, and valuable in everyday social and personal life.
The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both the thinking one does and the kind of person one is. We offer three approaches to the philosophy major, a minor, and specific graduate courses.
www.philosophy.neu.edu   (276 words)

 Philosophy Now
One way to define philosophy of religion then would be to say that it is the analysis of the concepts which we encounter in religion(s), just as philosophy of science is the analysis of the concepts which we encounter in science.
Philosophers of religion, like other philosophers, fall into two camps; those influenced by 'continental philosophy' who tend to dominate theology departments, and 'analytical philosophers', who dominate the philosophy departments, at least at the main centres for philosophy of religion.
Traditionally, philosophers of religion have answered "deductively or inductively sound arguments" to the above question, and a large part of the philosophy of religion has consisted of the advancement of arguments designed to support the conclusion that there is a God.
www.philosophynow.org /archive/articles/21hill.htm   (2788 words)

 Philosophy and Religion
The Philosophy and Religion Department invites and provokes students to examine themselves and the world in ever more comprehensive ways, as well as to look at the most fundamental aspects of human reasoning and discourse.
A major in philosophy provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, ethics, religion, philosophy and other fields in which reasoning and argumentation skills or the ability to work at a high level of abstraction are important.
A major in religion is useful for those desiring to pursue a church-related vocation or as preparation for graduate work in any aspect of academic religious studies.
www.albertson.edu /media/catalog/archive/2003/philosop.htm   (2109 words)

 Kant's Philosophy of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Throughout his career, Immanuel Kant engaged many of the major issues that contemporary philosophy groups together under the heading “philosophy of religion.” These include arguments for the existence of God, the attributes of God, the immortality of the soul, the problem of evil, and the relationship of moral principles to religious belief and practice.
This provided Kant with a perspective from which to view religion as principally a human phenomenon in which the various aspects of our human make-up — the sensible, the intellectual, the historical and the social — interact in ways that are significant for understanding humanity's role in the cosmos.
These are the philosophical function of the concept of God, arguments for the existence of God, the relationship between morality and religion (including his notion of “moral faith” and his treatment of “radical evil”), and the role of religion in the dynamics of human culture and history.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/kant-religion   (8370 words)

 Religion, philosophy of : Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online
Philosophy of religion is philosophical reflection on religion.
It is as old as philosophy itself and has been a standard part of Western philosophy in every period (see Religion, history of philosophy of).
Philosophy of religion is sometimes divided into philosophy of religion proper and philosophical theology.
www.rep.routledge.com /article/K113   (1430 words)

 Philosophy of Religion
The importance of this area of philosophy needs little introduction: people have struggled for very many years to understand what religious ideas and experiences mean or do not mean, and this is so today just as surely as it was in the past and likely for the foreseeable future.
The Meta-Encyclopedia of Philosophy is comprised of seven different dictionaries that may be used to compare definitions of important terms and hence appreciate the subtleties of philosophical concepts, while the has many free essays, in addition to the wealth of material available if you are prepared to register.
Philosophy Pages is a site providing several useful resources, including a dictionary of philosophical terms, an history and timeline of philosophical development and key thinkers, and a study guide.
www.galilean-library.org /int15.html   (10550 words)

 Philosophy of Religion at Erratic Impact's Philosophy Research Base
The Evangelical Philosophical Society is an organization of professional scholars and laymen devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence for Christ in both the church and the academy.
One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy.
Its mission, in a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, is to meet a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions and values.
www.erraticimpact.com /~topics/html/philosophy_of_religion.htm   (1308 words)

 Philosophy and Religion
Philosophy no longer occupies the place it had before, since the role of speculation about the nature of the universe and life has long since been occupied by the sciences.
Animals have no religion, and in the past it was said that this constituted the main difference between humans and "brutes." But that is just another way of saying that only humans possess consciousness in the full sense of the word.
The difference is that religion appeals to the emotions, and claims to provide a mystical, intuitive understanding of the world ("Revelation"), while most idealist philosophers try to present logical arguments for their theories.
www.marxist.com /science/philosophyandreligion.html   (6172 words)

 Philosophy of Religion
As a new kind of introduction to the philosophy of religion, Soul, God, and Morality is meant to take care of two religious beliefs: in the existence of God or deities, and the persistence of persons as souls in a spiritual hereafter.
In contrast with the normal run of text on the philosophy of religion, it is light on the theism-atheism issue, but heavy-footed against the theory of spiritual souls.
However, despite the speculative nature of religion, the author believes that the altruistic posture of certain religion 'founders' is yet to be respected.
www.geocities.com /philosophyofreligion_pmkchan/index.html   (245 words)

 UNCW Student Affairs: Career Services
Students who study philosophy engage in the examination of their own beliefs, the resolution of conflicts, the search for a purpose to life, and the development of a basis for ethical decisions.
Undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion are geared toward the preparation for life rather than a specific type of work, and provide an excellent background for a variety of careers.
A background in philosophy and religion can help develop character and personal skills which are extremely important in most job situations: specifically, the abilities to listen carefully and critically; think clearly; analyze and organize ideas; write; defend one's position rationally; stimulate discussion; and question, confront, support, evaluate, reshape, and understand different points of view.
www.uncwil.edu /stuaff/career/Majors/philoreligion.htm   (297 words)

 Bridgewater College- Philosophy & Religion Department   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The study of Philosophy and Religion is vital to developing mature and independent values.
At Bridgewater, the Department of Philosophy and Religion covers both academic disciplines because of the Department's faculty's training and because of the fact that the subjects have been closely related historically.
Majoring in philosophy and religion is designed to appeal to students in several pre-professional programs.
www.bridgewater.edu /departments/phrel/phrel.html   (488 words)

 MC Philosophy & Religion Dept   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Philosophy and Religion Department offers courses designed to help students study and reflect upon the major religious traditions and philosophical questions that have contributed to the making of our present world.
In addition and more particularly, the philosophy and religion major is excellent preparation for the student interested in the church, whether in the professional ministry or as a lay person.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Herb Smith, has served as psychiatric counselor, and pastor and has traveled to over 30 countries.
www.mcpherson.edu /philosophy   (216 words)

 Philosophy of Religion
Religion page, and the following list covers a much wider range of publications than simply the philosophical.
The objective is to provide a systematic bibliography of journal articles which contribute in various ways to the the academic study of religions.
Philosophy of Religion page, offering introductory discussions of some of the main questions in the area in an "attempt to demystify the philosophy of religion".
users.ox.ac.uk /~worc0337/phil_topics_religion.html   (1332 words)

 Maverick Philosopher - Philosophy of Religion
But as religion becomes established in the world in the form of churches, sects, denominations with worldly interests it becomes less of a quest and more of a worldly hustle.
Perhaps when religion and philosophy are viewed as a quest they merge into one another.
Apollos.ws is a rich source of articles in all subfields of the philosophy of religion.
maverickphilosopher.powerblogs.com /philosophy_of_religion   (13427 words)

 Philosophy of Religion at Erratic Impact's Philosophy Research Base
The result is an essential reference that will reshape the field of religious studies and transform the way in which religion is understood by scholars from all disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, gender studies, and literary studies.
This website is devoted to the philosophy of religion in the analytic tradition, with a special emphasis on religious epistemology.
The Perennial Philosophy -- explores five general themes found in many world philosophies and religions on the subjects of ultimate reality, the universe, human nature, religious knowledge, and consequences for living.
www.erraticimpact.com /~topics/html/philosophy_of_religion3.htm   (996 words)

 Philosophy of Religion .info
The philosophy of religion is one of the most fascinating areas of philosophy.
This site attempts to demystify the philosophy of religion, and so to help people to reach views on these questions.
The third question, What does that mean for us?, is asked less often than the previous two, and so is covered less explicitly by this survey of the philosophy of religion.
www.philosophyofreligion.info   (860 words)

 Digital Librarian: Religion & Philosophy
American Academy of Religion - Learned society and professional association for scholars whose object of study is religion.
Among the Projects and Resources of the Center for the Study of World Religions is the Religions of the World and Ecology conference series.
Material History of American Religion Project - Columbia Theological Seminary project in which eight scholars, historians of American religion, are writing monographs on topics in the material and economic history of American religion.
www.digital-librarian.com /religion.html   (6003 words)

 Department of Religion • Boston University • College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The graduate program in philosophy of religion explores the reasons and rationalities embedded in a variety of religious traditions and the religious dimensions embedded in a variety of philosophical traditions.
The general guidelines of the DRTS require that students take an introduction to the study of religion in their first year and a core-text course on the world’s religions.
Upon the completion of coursework, doctoral candidates take three qualifying examinations: (1) History of Philosophy, (2) Philosophy of Religion, and (3) a specialization exam, the particulars of which are developed in accord with the dissertation topic envisioned by the candidate.
www.bu.edu /religion/graduate/philrel.html   (309 words)

 Berea College - Philosophy and Religion
The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers courses and programs in each of the distinct, but related disciplines of Philosophy and of Religion.
In both disciplines the Department provides opportunities to explore diverse philosophic and religious points of view, to develop abilities to reflect critically and constructively on a wide variety of important questions, and to cultivate abilities to communicate well through constructive engagement with others’ ideas and ways of thinking.
Students are encouraged to develop their own intelligence and capacities for careful thought in addressing texts and topics both historical and contemporary.
www.berea.edu /philosophyandreligion   (93 words)

 Philosophy and Religion
The Bergen Community College program in Philosophy and Religion provides students with opportunities to study in two related but distinct fields of academic inquiry: (1) philosophy and (2) religious studies.
The BCC program in Philosophy introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of logical thinking and argumentation, to the history of philosophical thought, to the basic problems of philosophy (What is real?
What is really worthwhile?), and to a set of methods by which contemporary moral, social, and political problems may be clearly understood and perhaps resolved.
www.bergen.edu /pages/655.asp   (154 words)

 Philosophy refdesk.com
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind - a free resource to all those interested in the philosophy of mind.
Erratic Impact -- Philosophy Research Base - Site is categorized by history, subject and author, is a meta-index featuring thousands of annotated links, text resources and community services for students and teachers conducting research in the field of philosophy.
Thinking's Legacy and the Evolution of Experience - a history of 19th and 20th century philosophy, and means to be an advanced introduction to thinking's contemporary developments.
www.refdesk.com /philos.html   (658 words)

 Amazon.com: Philosophy of Religion: Books: Louis P. Pojman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology by Louis P. Pojman
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Brian Davies
"Holy War" and Philosophy of Religions — On how the Hebrew Torah God became the Christian Triune God and then the Muslim Allah God and how this has led to a clash of the religions of Abraham in the 21st century.
www.amazon.com /Philosophy-Religion-Louis-P-Pojman/dp/0767408195   (885 words)

 Philosophy&Religion @ Northeastern University   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
My own interests in philosophy range from traditional questions about knowledge and the justification of belief to contemporary issues of political action and policy, in particular the ethics of war and peace and problems of economic justice.
By studying philosophy, we can both expand the reservoir of concepts and theories that are available to us and improve our ability to reflect critically on our own beliefs and the beliefs of others with differing views.
In addition to being a member of the Philosophy faculty and a senior lecturer at University College, I have held adjunct positions at Tufts University, the City College of New Orleans, and the University of Massachusetts in both their CPCS College and their Philosophy Department.
www.philosophy.neu.edu /faculty.shtml   (3055 words)

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