The problem of God has been more widely discussed than any other in Western philosophy. Arguments for and against the existence of God abound! But, the “problem of God” is much broader and deeper than just the question of existence. There are questions about the very nature of God. What properties can be ascribed to “the being than whom no greater can be conceived”? Is such a being even possible? Is such a being within the bounds of human understanding? And, ultimately, is belief in God rational ... whether or not God exists? This seminar will examine the concept of God in the Western philosophical tradition. Major philosophers to be discussed include: Anselm, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Berkeley, Kant, Bartley and Plantinga. Everyone is welcome, believers and non-believers! No prior background in philosophy or theology required. Join Terry for an exciting week exploring an age old problem from a new perspective.
Terry Goode received his B.A. from Ripon College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Wayne State University. He has taught philosophy at the University of South Carolina, UW–Fox Valley and UW–Oshkosh. In his retirement he regularly teaches philosophy for The Clearing in their winter program and for Björklunden in their summer program. Prior to his retirement he owned and managed two technology companies, and then served as a senior technology officer and information technology consultant to a number of firms in the Fox River Valley. Terry and his wife Pam are active volunteers in many Door County organizations.