Philosophy - The Philosophy of World Religions

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Course description

Learn philosophy and philosophical concepts of world religions in Sydney.

This course over seven classes aims to assist students to gain an understanding of the major World Religions from a philosophical perspective. This course will examine in turn the fundamental ideas of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The course focus will be on an explanation of the basic ideas, followed by a critical examination of them.

Comparisons will be drawn between these world religions as to the explanation of basic ideas – such as the nature of the spiritual realm, the human mind in relation to the body, God and the Universal Consciousness, life after death, heaven, hell and nirvana, karma and reincarnation, of free will and fate, of human suffering and of spiritual awakening and illumination. There will be an examination of the works of major figures such as Buddha, Brahman, Mohammed, Moses, and Jesus Christ.

The aim is to give a comprehensive and rational account of the world religions, and compare their answers to fundamental questions of human existence. All ideas will be clearly explained and written notes will be provided for each session.

Course content

Week 1:

  • Judaism – Jehovah God and the Old Testament

Week 2:

  • Christianity – The foundations of early christian philosophy

Week 3:

  • Christianity – Philosophical analysis of the basic ideas

Week 4:

  • Islam – The philosophical teachings of Islam

Week 5:

  • Hinduism – The Brahman , karma and the cycle of reincarnation

Week 6:

  • Buddhism – Free will, human suffering, compassion and nirvana

Week 7:

  • Summary - A critical comparison of World Religions on the meaning of life
Ideal for
  • No prior knowledge of philosophy is presupposed
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