The God of Metaphysics

Paperback | September 1, 2008

byT. L. S. Sprigge

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Can philosophy offer reasonable grounds for the existence of a God as the centre of actual faith, rather than just a theoretical Absolute? Many contemporary thinkers have concluded that no genuine religion could be based upon metaphysics. In this book, however, T. L. S. Sprigge examinessympathetically the most notable metaphysical systems of the last four centuries which purport to put religion on a rational footing and, after a thorough examination of their claims, considers what kind of religious outlook they might support and (more briefly) how they actually affected the livesof their proponents. The thinkers studied include Spinoza, Hegel, T. H. Green, Bernard Bosanquet (together with a brief discussion of Bradley), Josiah Royce, A. N. Whitehead, and Charles Hartshorne, concluding with an exposition of the author's own viewpoint (pantheistic absolute idealism) and ageneral discussion on the relation between metaphysics and religion. There is also a chapter on Kierkegaard as the most important critic of metaphysical religion.

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Can philosophy offer reasonable grounds for the existence of a God as the centre of actual faith, rather than just a theoretical Absolute? Many contemporary thinkers have concluded that no genuine religion could be based upon metaphysics. In this book, however, T. L. S. Sprigge examinessympathetically the most notable metaphysical syst...

Timothy Sprigge (1932-2007) was formerly Professor Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.29 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory2. The God of Spinoza3. Hegelian Christianity4. Kierkegaard and Hegelian Christianity5. T. H. Green and the Eternal Consciousness6. Bernard Bosanquet7. Josiah Royce8. Process Philosophy and Theology: Whitehead and Hartshorne9. Panthesitic Idealism10. Concluding Remarks

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`...this book offers a vast, sprawling metaphysical world in which to immerse oneself. For all its disciplined density of argumentation, austerity of abstraction and masterly intellectual control it is vitally, passionately personal and, curiously, both diffident and breathtakingly ambitiousin what it advocates. 'Philosophy, Volume 82