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Western Philosophy in Theological Perspective

Boston University, School of Theology, Fall, 1999

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This course is a survey of major Western philosophical figures and themes that have contributed to the development of theology, primarily Christian theology. It is impossible to gain a nuanced appreciation of theology, past or present, without some understanding of its indebtedness to philosophical concepts and ways of thinking. The aim of this course is, accordingly, two-fold. First, we shall become acquainted with some of the key ideas of several important philosophers, along with some important philosophical themes; and, second, we shall appreciate how these ideas and themes influenced theological reflection.

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Also available is the vast gallery of thinkers and an introduction to some of the philosophical stories used in the course. And there is the famous "Philosopher's Song" by Monty Python—but it is a little off-color so be warned.

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