Naturalism as a Worldview – with Richard Carrier

Richard Carrier’s webinar about Naturalism as a Worldview is during May 2014, from May 1 to May 31.

Description: This one-month course builds the foundations for practical philosophy. Learn how to develop and defend your own naturalistic worldview from studying a model example, and how to employ it in your daily lives and your understanding of the world. Learn the basics of how to develop and test a philosophy of epistemology (theory of knowledge), metaphysics (theory of existence), ethics (theory of morality), aesthetics (theory of beauty), and politics (theory of government), using logical, evidence-based reasoning. Based on assigned readings, lectures, and weekly class discussion online with Dr. Carrier (who holds a Ph.D. in the history of philosophy).

start/end dates – May 1 / May 31, 2014

Schedule: Specific reading and discussion goals are set for every week, completing four units in four weeks, but within that framework you can participate in every element on your own time. There are no live events currently planned. One book by Dr. Carrier is required reading (see below). Everything else about the course is provided on the PSA Moodle website. Course lectures, links to websites, and forums for discussions with the instructor and students are included in the Moodle website classroom. Visit the class anytime to contribute your posts and receive Dr. Carrier’s replies in discussion forums. There is nothing “live” you can miss – log in and participate anytime day or night, 24/7, throughout May.

Course Reading: The only course text required to purchase (available in print and electronic editions) is Richard Carrier, Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism. All other course lectures and readings will be provided to students as part of the class.

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Richard Carrier
Richard Carrier, PhD, is the renowned author of Sense and Goodness without God and Proving History, as well as numerous articles online and in print. He received his PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008, and now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. For more about him and his work visit