Content

Is postmodernist suspicion an ally of religious faith, or its deadly enemy? How can anyone doubt the value of foundations and still speak meaningfully of God, or religious faith? Alternatively, does the notion of God as foundation amount to limitation of the divine, or even idolatry? This unit looks at how postmodern thinking bids to rework some traditional connections between faith and philosophy.

Unit code: AP2759P (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Explain the meaning(s) of the term postmodern, in relation to and differentiation from the terms classical and modern, as these are understood philosophically

2.

Show understanding of the interrelatedness between the postmodern claims for the death of God, death of the self, end of history and ‘closure of the book’

3.

Explain and evaluate Taylor's postmodern advocacy of an a/theological faith, with its relationship to anonymous subjectivity and an erring Word

4.

Describe and assess alternatives to Taylor's approach: Jean Luc Marion s God without Being, and also the Radical Orthodoxy school, who are themselves cognizant of postmodernism

Unit sequence

15 points in Philosophy

Pedagogy

Lecture audio offered online, with reading materials; guided online tutorial discussion via forum.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Mark C. Taylor, Erring: A Postmodern A/Theology. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1984. Paperback editions 1987, 1999. (recommended for purchase)
  • Appignanesi, R., and C. Garratt. Postmodernism for Beginners. Cambridge: Icon Books, 1995. N.B. This book is also available in the alternative title, Introducing Postmodernism.
  • Caputo, John D. On Religion. New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Descombes, Vincent. Modern French Philosophy. Trans L. Scott-Fox and J.M. Harding. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980.
  • Eagleton, T. Literary Theory: an Introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Hart, Kevin. Postmodernism: a Beginner’s Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Horner, Robyn. Jean-Luc Marion: A Theo-Logical Introduction. Hants, UK: Burlington VT, 2008.
  • Melchert, Norman. The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. 4th ed. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2002. (Or 3rd ed., 1999.)
  • Reese, William. Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion. New, enlarged ed. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International, 1996.
  • Sim, Stuart (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2011.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

Essay (1600 words)

1600 40.0
Forum

Online Participation

800 20.0
Essay

Essay (1600 words)

1600 40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-09 10:54:29 +1000