God, Mind and Cosmos
Discourse on Western religion is dominated by the dichotomy between theism and atheism. In this course we will explore non-standard conceptions of the divine, with a particular focus on pantheism and panentheism. In the first half of the course we will read a book manuscript I have been working on, in which I explain the philosophical problem of consciousness, defend a panpsychist solution to the problem (after rejecting more conventional solutions), and then develop the view into a form of pantheism. The book is aimed at a general audience with no philosophical background and so is highly accessible. In the second half of the course we will explore a variety of alternative conceptions of the divine, both historical and contemporary.