Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

This course debates about God and the ultimate nature of reality is as vibrant now as it has ever been. Historical and cultural change has called into question the nature and truth of belief in God. It has also opened the 'West' to different voices and traditions, which understand reality in distinctive ways. This postgraduate certificate offers a unique opportunity to study the philosophical implications of this dynamic field at an advanced level. Students engage with highly contemporary european philosophy, plus a wide range of non-european philosophical traditions. The modules are taught by experienced lecturers who are also leading scholars in the field. Their expertise ranges across cutting edge philosophical speculation about the absolute, feminist thought, Indian and Chinese traditions, and the fascinating connections between mysticism and philosophy. The course offers a distinctively contemporary and global approach to philosophy of religion. Graduates in a related discipline will find this an exciting and challenging development of their study. Those who teach or otherwise work with religious ideas and communities will find it deepens and refreshes their knowledge and critical understanding.

Entry requirements

A 1st Class or upper 2nd Class Honours degree such as philosophy, or theology and/or religious studies, where there has been a significant philosophical dimension. Students whose 1st language is not English will require evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

The certificate is taught over one year in intensive blocks on Saturdays, and consists of four 15 credit modules.

Beyond Western Philosophy of Religion. Explores the challenges and opportunities created for philosophy of religion when we abandon the 'Eurocentric' perspective and take seriously the global interface of religious, cultural and political forms.
Feminist Philosophy of Religion. Considers how philosophy of religion can be reconfigured in light of feminist philosophical reflections on the concept of the divine, religious beliefs, languages and spiritual practices.
Thinking the Absolute: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives. Opens the door to engage with contemporary philosophy as it speculates on the limits of what can be thought and tries to break through those limits to touch upon a reality which is not tied to a human perspective.
Mysticism and Philosophy: Eastern and Western Perspectives. Explores the academically neglected 20th century flourishing of original and popular religious philosophies with their roots in eastern and western forms of mysticism. Key thinkers include Chardin, Huxley, Krishnamurti, Maharshi, Buber and Meher Baba.

Assessment methods

Assessment is done individually; assessment methods vary but generally include essays, presentations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hope Park Liverpool L16 9JD North West

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