CFI Institute Online - Spring 2011 - SEC 224

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - Thursday, March 31, 2011

Location: Online Course

Naturalism (SEC 224)

March 1, 2011 — March 31, 2011

Instructor: John Shook, PhD, CFI director of education
Visiting Lecturer: Richard Carrier, PhD, philosopher and author

This one-month, four-module course introduces the philosophy of naturalism by explaining its core ideas, examining what it is good for, and illustrating why it is a better view of reality than supernatural, mystical, or idealistic worldviews.

Course Topics:

  • Reasoning and the scientific method
  • Science’s understanding of the universe and human beings
  • How naturalism answers questions about morality, beauty, meaning, and society
  • Making use of naturalism to better understand yourself and the world. 


Readings: Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism (2005) by Richard CarrierAdditional lectures will be made available online at no cost to students. 

About CFI Institute Online Courses:

CFI 200-level courses are taught at an intellectual level equivalent to an introductory college course. We expect students to participate in the class discussion at their own chosen pace, and there are no other writing requirements, and no grading. These classes are entirely online -- everything for the course except the book is provided on a CFI website. You will read the course lectures, follow links to other webpages, ask your questions, and participate in class discussion with the instructors and other students on our website.

There is no specific time that you must be online. There is no "live" part to these courses, and you cannot miss anything even if you can only get online at 6am, or 11pm -- you can log in and participate anytime, day or night, 24/7. A certificate of course completion is available to students who do participate online (as opposed to only lurking and reading, which is also an unobjectionable option for some students). Completion of eight courses at the Expertise 200-level is rewarded with the Institute's Certificate of Expertise.

This course can also be taken for college credit through the University at Buffalo; contact Dr. John Shook for details.

Cost: $60 for general registration; $50 for Friends of the Center; or $10 for college students.

Additional questions? Contact the CFI Institute for further information.

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