07 Ethical Implications of Religious Worldviews
Are religious traditions an impediment for free ethical judgement or the deepest foundation of ethical attitudes? This seminar will critically discuss the ethical implications of religious worldviews based on prominent philosophical and religious sources. In part one we will discuss philosophical texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone Weil and Robert Bresson s film Au hasard Balthazar . Central notions will include of power, grace, and sainthood. In part two, we will reflect on the relationship between suffering, guilt, forgiveness and ethical growth in classical Biblical sources such as the Joseph story (Genesis 37-50) and the book of Job.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, all too Human (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 2004), tr. Marion Faber, section 3, Religious Life
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace (London, Routledge, 2002), tr. Emma Craufurd
Tony Pipolo, Robert Bresson: a Passion for Film (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010), ch.5
The Bible (New Revised Standard Version): Genesis 37-50; Job (especially chapters 1-7; 38-42).
Victor P. Hamilton, Handbook on the Pentateuch (Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2005), 121-132.
Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
|1996-1997Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield|
|1998-2001Teacher of German and French, Bedales School, Petersfield|
|2001-2003Teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies, King's College School, Wimbledon, London|
|since 2003Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London|
|since 2008Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion|
Lecturer, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
|Since 2012 Research Associate of the Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria|
|2010-2012Lecturer, Heythrop College, University of London|
|2012Lecturer, Hekima College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi|
|2013Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley|