Religion and Secularisation

Course Code :2040FLWFIL
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):280
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Herbert De Vriese
Guy Vanheeswijck

3. Course contents *

In 2017-2018, the course Religion and Secularisation will be devoted to a critical analysis of the philosophical discourse on re-enchantment. The main objectives of this analysis are, first, to disentangle the different meanings of the concept of re-enchantment in current philosophical discourse and, second, to examine to what extent the phenomena, experiences or normative claims designated by the concept of re-enchantment can be considered to have succeeded in overcoming a previous condition of disenchantment, or to have the potential to do so.

The course is conceived as a series of four separate study days that will cover the following topics: 

  • The enchanted world (introduction). Thursday 23rd of November, 13:00-20:00, University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room S.004, Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp.
  • Re-enchantment and modern science (case study: Darwinism). Spring 2018, date & venue TBC.
  • Re-enchantment and Enlightenment (case study: romanticism). Spring 2018, date & venue TBC.
  • Re-enchantment and secularization (case study: unchurched spirituality). Spring 2018, date & venue TBC.

The first study day on Thursday 23 November will offer an introduction to the theoretical framework and specific approach to the philosophical discourse on re-enchantment. No prior reading or preparation is required. All the study material will be provided in printed and electronic form at the start of the study day. The entire course program, including learning outcomes and assessment tasks, will be presented in detail. The dates and time of the next three study days in Spring 2018 will be decided in consultation with the participants.