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|THEO 115 - Iris Murdoch: God & the Good|
The late Iris Murdoch was a distinguished moral philosopher who regarded religious living as emblematic of the moral life and regarded Jesus as embodying the moral ideal. Yet she did not believe in God. Instead, she found Plato’s Idea of the Good as the focal point of moral attention, but did not believe in an all-good God as the source or object of morality. This seminar will examine Murdoch’s paradoxical ethics and philosophical theology in light of the Christian tradition of the ascent of love that begins with Plato, moves through Augustine and Dante and extends to Whitehead and Nussbaum in modern times. Readings will include Plato’s Symposium, Murdoch’s Acastos, The Sovereignty of Good, and The Fire and the Sun; Martha Nussbaum’s Upheavals of Thought, and selections from Alfred North Whitehead’s Adventures of Ideas and Essays in Science and Philosophy. This course in philosophical theology will be conducted in seminar fashion with reflection papers each class by all students and a student-led class presentation and discussion each class.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Theology & Religious Studies Department
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