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PHIL 144 - Atheism and Philosophy

5 Credits
This course covers the history of atheism from its roots in the ancient Greek and Roman atomists to today’s New Atheists. We will learn to identify some of the basic types of atheism and their distinct differences.


Designed to Serve Students needing AA degree credit, students needing AA HUM distribution credit, students with an interest in philosophy, students with an interest in religion, students with an interest in the traditions of atheism.
Active Date 2012-05-02

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
The hedonistic atheism of the Greek and Roman Atomists The problem of evil Modernity and the mastery of nature - science and politics Positivistic atheism - an evaluation of the evidence for the existence of God(s) Atheistic existentialism Marx and Freud - the necessity of atheism for social and psychological progress Pious atheism - the atheistic appropriation of religious language and themes New Atheism

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate understanding of major atheistic figures in Western philosophy in writing, discussion, or objective test.

Demonstrate understanding and critical reflection about central philosophical themes that are pertinent to debates concerning the existence of God

Demonstrate critical thinking skills by identifying and evaluating relevant arguments and positions

Communicate effectively in writing about philosophical problems and argument relevant to the discussion of atheism.

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