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Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR)

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR)

Location

Location

  • Office of Advising and Student Information Studies (OASIS)
  • Dawson Hall, Room 110
  • 853 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T6
  • Telephone: 514-398-4210
  • Fax: 514-398-7185
  • Email: interdisciplinary [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/phwr
  • Advisers: Monica Hotter, Des Sitaras, Rosa Colaianni

About Philosophy and Western Religions

About Philosophy and Western Religions

All programs in Philosophy and Western Religions (Minor Concentration, Major Concentration, Honours, and Joint Honours) are not available for the 2010-2011 academic year.

This interdisciplinary program, in which the Department of Philosophy, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Department of Jewish Studies and the Faculty of Religious Studies collaborate, was designed for students who wish to study the encounter between philosophy and the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), an encounter which shaped the basic patterns of Western and Muslim intellectual history. The program covers the period from Antiquity to the Enlightenment during which philosophy and religious thought were inseparably interwoven, making visible the wide range of links between the intellectual worlds of these three religious traditions. Although the interaction between philosophy and religious thought continued in a variety of forms also after the Enlightenment’s critique of religion, this critique transformed their relationship in a fundamental way, and for this reason will be used to delimit the chronological scope of the program. During the period in question, the impact of Greek philosophy on theologians, philosophers, and mystics within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam determined often in a decisive way – both positively and negatively – the interpretation of their Holy Scriptures, and their understanding of crucial religious concepts such as God, creation, revelation, providence, divine Law, and the origin of evil. The interdisciplinary approach takes into account that the history of the encounter in question crossed the linguistic, cultural and religious boundaries which define the areas of the traditional academic disciplines. This approach permits the student to pursue the development of a philosophical or religious concept from its origin through the different historical and geographical contexts in which it was received by Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers.

In order to achieve its goal the program focuses on (I) the acquisition of relevant languages (Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew), (ii) the history of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, (iii) the Holy Scriptures and the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, (iv) the reception and transformation of philosophical ideas in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, and (v) the multiple points of contact among the different traditions of religious thought.

The program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in Philosophy (with the appropriate choice of electives, or in combination with a Minor in Philosophy), in Religious Studies and, with the relevant language component, in Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies as well. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies in a particular discipline should consult about specific requirements with a faculty member of the corresponding department at McGill.

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) Faculty

Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR) Faculty

Program Chair
Carlos Fraenkel (Philosophy and Jewish Studies)
Program Committee
E. Caplan (Jewish Studies)
M. Deslauriers (Philosophy)
D. Farrow (Religious Studies)
I. Henderson (Religious Studies)
T. Kirby (Religious Studies)
B. Levy (Religious Studies)
S. Menn (Philosophy)
R. Myles (English and French Language Centre)
G. Oegema (Religious Studies)
R. Wisnovsky (Islamic Studies)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (18 credits)

NOTE: THE MINOR CONCENTRATION IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR. Students will benefit most from this Minor concentration if they combine it with programs in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a minor concentration in one of the ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits)

NOTE: THE MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR. The Major Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions has an option without a language requirement (Stream A), and one with a language requirement (Stream B). The latter was designed for students who wish to acquire the linguistic skills ...

For more information, see Major Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Philosophy and Western Religions (60 credits)

NOTE: THE HONOURS IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR. The Honours Philosophy and Western Religions program was designed for students who wish (i) to explore in depth the intertwined intellectual worlds of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the interaction between philosophy and religion from Antiquity to the ...

For more information, see Honours Philosophy and Western Religions (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits)

NOTE: THE JOINT HONOURS COMPONENT IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR. Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two Arts disciplines may apply to combine Joint Honours program components from two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Philosophy and Western Religions (36 credits).

Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)