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Fall 2019
Jul 10, 2020
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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

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Theology & Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Core: Theology

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