5541002 Philosophy of Religion

Numbering Code U-LET07 35541 SJ34 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Wed.5
Instructor name SUGIMURA YASUHIKO (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Paul Ricouer’s The Symbolism of Evil was published in 1960 as the second volume of Finitude and Guilt, and is the monumental work that turned Ricouer towards hermeneutic philosophy. The bulk of this written work deals with semantic interpretations of symbolic and mythical expressions of evil extensively gleaned from Biblical and world-building myths. It shows that as Ricouer updated his own philosophical viewpoint, he went beyond the boundaries of traditional philosophy and sank deeply into the generators of religious expression.
In this seminar, we shall closely read excerpts from key sections of the first part of this work, “The Primary Symbols: Defilement, Sin, and Guilt,” and by exploring whether there is some intersection between philosophy and religion in the origins of Ricouer’s hermeneutics, use it as material for inquiring into the possibilities of religious philosophy.

Course Goals 1. Master basic language skills in order to read French philosophical and religious philosophy texts through oral translation work in this seminar.
2. Master methods for precise reading and comprehension of philosophical and religious philosophy texts, and basic methods for using them in your own speculation, with instructor-led guidance in this seminar.
3.Develop the ability to grasp the fundamental questions in Ricouer’s thinking and their philosophical and religious philosophy significance, through close reading of one of Ricouer’s writings with guidance and explanations provided by the instructor.
Schedule and Contents 1st: Introduction
Explain preliminary knowledge needed to proceed with reading the text. Assignments will be determined from the second session.
2nd‐14th:
Closely read excerpts from key sections of the first part of Ricouer’s The Symbolism of Evil, “The Primary Symbols: Defilement, Sin, and Guilt,” at a rate of about two pages per session.
15th:
All students look over everything they have read, and then discuss any questions among themselves.

*Feedback method will be given during class.
Evaluation Methods and Policy According to performance (translation of assigned sections, participation in discussions) (60%) and short final paper (40%). Papers evaluated based upon attainment of objectives.
Course Requirements Taking French as a second foreign language is not an absolute requirement, but French novices should make an effort to master the minimum language skills necessary to perform oral translation work as soon as possible.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Before class, students must spend time reading the text and fully studying its linguistics and content. Also, students should prepare questions about matters they would like to further explore in relation to their own interests.
After class, students should correct inaccuracies in their understanding, and then connect it to their own learning by reorganizing content they have read in their own words, and reading related literature.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Paul Ric & # 339; ur, "Philosophie de la volont & eacute ;, t. 2. Finitude et Culpabilit & eacute;" (Points, 2009) ISBN: (ISBN-10) 2757813293 Sections to be used may be copied and distributed, but should be purchased in advanced if possible.
References, etc. Introduced during class,
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