Proofs of God’s Existence and Their Failure  

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Proofs of the Existence of God

Spring 2021

Taught By: Omri Boehm

Section: A

CRN: 8467

Credits: 3

Soon after God’s alleged death, the attempt to prove his existence became irrelevant to living philosophy. What had been a primary interest of earlier philosophy – even, at times, its basis – was left for theologians and historians of philosophy to worry about. This was both a cause and a consequence of a shift in religious-philosophical temperament; and it changed philosophy’s understanding of its most intimate terms: existence, the Absolute (the Infinite), proof, knowledge, belief, rationalism, belief etc. The aim of this course is to study the question of God’s existence—and the basic terms and doctrines associated with it—from a philosophical perspective. We will start by touching some general (theological/metaphysical/epistemological) questions about God, knowledge and proof; and soon move to considering in detail the proofs of God’s existence provided in medieval, early modern, and German philosophy (as well as the failure – or not? – of these proofs). 

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021