Gods World and the Great Awakening: Limits and Renewals 3

Hardcover | September 12, 1991

byStephen R.L. Clark

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In God's World and the Great Awakening, Professor Clark's main concern is with the way we can `turn aside' to the Truth from the normal delusions of self-concern. He restates a traditional, Neoplatonic metaphysics as the proper context for scientific and religious practice, and defends aserious Platonic realism against both scientism and anti-realism. Neither scientism, which identifies Truth with what can be revealed to the objectifying gaze, nor fashionable anti-realism, which equates Truth simply with what `we' choose to take seriously, offer an adequate ground for ourscientific or religious faith. The primary faith of humankind is that there is a real world which is more than an obsequious shadow of our desires and fancies, and this real world can be discovered through right reason. The defence of this faith requires a properly worked, Platonic metaphysic ofjust the kind discernible in Christian orthodoxy.The other two volumes are: Civil Peace and Sacred Order (1989) and A Parliament of Souls (1990).

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In God's World and the Great Awakening, Professor Clark's main concern is with the way we can `turn aside' to the Truth from the normal delusions of self-concern. He restates a traditional, Neoplatonic metaphysics as the proper context for scientific and religious practice, and defends aserious Platonic realism against both scientism ...

Stephen R.L. Clark is a British philosophy and former professor of philosophy at the University of Liverpool.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.9 inPublished:September 12, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'The third volume of an impressive trilogy ... Clark has some veryimportant things to say, and he says them eloquently. He draws from afascinating range of sources, literary, religious, and philosophical. Hisdiscursive and allusive style is vital and engaging ... Like its twopredecessors, this volume is one of the more constructive critiques of liberalculture in recent years.' Nigel Biggar, Oriel College, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1,January 1994