The History of Western Philosophy of Religion

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 16, 2010 in Philosophy of Religion 101,Resources

history of philosophy of religion

Recently I interviewed Graham Oppy about a 5-volume book he recently edited with Nick Trakais called The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.

I can’t think of another book I’m more excited about from 2009. Unfortunately, the book costs over $700, and the nearest library copy to me is 348 miles away!

Many of you are probably in the same position. So, while we’re waiting for a more affordable copy of the book to become available, I decided to compile a list of links (usually from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) that will introduce you to the subject of each chapter, albeit not quite as well as the chapters of Oppy’s book do. I also included the one theologian Oppy said he most wished he had remembered to include: David Strauss.

Volume I: Ancient Philosophy and Religion

Volume II: Medieval Philosophy and Religion

  • Boethius – SEP
  • John Scottus – SEP
  • Al-Farabi – Wikipedia
  • Avicenna – IEP
  • Anselm – SEP
  • Al-Ghazali – SEP
  • Abelard – SEP
  • Bernard of Clairvaux – Wikipedia
  • Averroes – IEP
  • Maimonides – SEP
  • Bacon – SEP
  • Aquinas – SEP
  • Duns Scotus – SEP
  • Ockham – SEP
  • Gersonides – SEP
  • Wyclif – SEP
  • Nicholas of Cusa – SEP
  • Erasmus – SEP

Volume III: Early Modern Philosophy and Religion

Volume IV: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Religion

Volume V: Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Religion

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Cafeeine January 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

We can peruse all those links, or alternatively take the crash course in philosophy.

In all seriousness, thanks for the compilation Luke, this amateur appreciates it.


pat January 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

Where is Bayle?


Bill Maher January 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

is it lame that i have formally been educated on all this stuff?


Wes January 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the list. This is wonderful.


lukeprog January 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm


No. It is enviable.


A January 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I am surprised Gregory Palamas did not make the list for two reasons: 1) Trakakis, who has written on Gregory Palamas, edited the project and 2) basically everyone else made the list.


John D April 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

You know there is an SEP article specifically on Hume’s religious philosophy. Would that be a more appropriate link for this post?


lukeprog April 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

Good link. Done.


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