Philosophy for Understanding Theology 2nd Edition by Diogenes Allen, ISBN-13: 978-0664231804


Philosophy for Understanding Theology 2nd Edition by Diogenes Allen, ISBN-13: 978-0664231804

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  • Publisher: ‎ Westminster John Knox Press; 2nd edition (October 17, 2007)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 336 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0664231802
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0664231804

Philosophy for Understanding Theology has become the classic text for exploring the relationship between philosophy and Christian theology. This new edition adds chapters on postmodernism and questions of the self and the good to bring the book up to date with current scholarship. It introduces students to the influence that key philosophers and philosophical movements through the centuries have had on shaping Christian theology in both its understandings and forms of expression.

Table of Contents:

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: The Foundation of Christian Theology: The World
Was Created xv
1. Plato: The World Is the Handiwork of a Mind 1
2. Plato: This World Is Not Our Home 21
3. The Platonic Tradition: The Stoics, Plotinus, and Pseudo-
Dionysius 39
4. Aristotle: His Categories and the Mystery of God 65
5. Aristotle and the Creation of Scholastic Theology 77
6. Aquinas’s Program and Two Critics: Karl Barth and Process
Theology 103
7. The Beginnings of the Modern World: Nominalism, Humanism, the
Scientific Revolution 113
8. Early Modern Philosophy: Rationalism, Empiricism, the
Enlightenment 129
9. Kant and the Limits of Knowledge 155
10. Hegel and the Restoration of Optimism 169
11. The Search for Meaning in Contemporary Philosophy:
Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics 187
12. Postmodernism: Truth, Objectivity, and Certainty 209
13. Postmodernism: Moral Philosophy 231
Notes 253
Suggested Reading 257
Index 261

Diogenes Allen is Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of a number of books including Christian Belief in a Postmodern World: The Full Wealth of Conviction.

Eric O. Springsted is the author of The Act of Faith: Christian Faith and the Moral Self and Simone Weil and the Suffering of Love, and editor of Spirituality and Theology.

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