Philosophy of Religion

A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Keith E. Yandell

© 2012 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Keith Yandell's Philosophy of Religion: A Contemporary Introduction was one of the first textbooks to explore the philosophy of religion with reference to religions other than Christianity. This new, revised edition explores the logical validity and truth claims of several world religions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism—with updated, streamlined discussions on important topics in philosophy of religion such as:

  • Religious pluralism
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Evidentialist Moral Theism
  • Reformed Epistemology
  • Doxastic Practice Epistemology
  • The problem of evil
  • Ontological and cosmological arguments

Other new features include updated Questions for Reflection,and new Annotated Bibliographies for each chapter, as well as an updated Glossary. This exciting new edition, much like its classic predecessor, is sure to be a classroom staple for undergraduate students studying philosophy of religion, as well as a comprehensive introductory read for anyone interested in the subject.


"Keith Yandell is a first-rate philosopher who has written a clear-headed, fair, comprehensive introduction to thinking about the nature and cogency of 'western' and 'eastern' religious beliefs and practices. It is wide-ranging and rich with sustained, engaging arguments about God, the sacred, the self, values, and nature."

Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College, USA

Table of Contents

1.Introduction 2.What is Philosophy? What is Religion? What is Philosophy of Religion? 3.What Sorts of Religion Are There? 4. What Sorts of Religious Experience Are There? 5. The Importance of Doctrine and the Distinctness of Religious Traditions 6. Religious Pluralism 7. Monotheistic Conceptions of Ultimate Reality 8. Nonmonotheistic Conceptions of Ultimate Reality 9. Arguments against Monotheism 10. Arguments for Monotheism 11. Monotheism and Religious Experience 12. Arguments Concerning Nonmonotheistic Conceptions 13. Enlightenment-Based Arguments and Nonmonotheistic Conceptions of Ultimate Reality 14. Religion, Morality, and Responsibility 15. Faith and Reason 16. Some Further Vistas

About the Author

Keith E. Yandell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy.  Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject.  The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced.  An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course.  Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions.  The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious