Wittgenstein and the Metaphysics of Grace

Hardcover | October 6, 2007

byTerrance W. Klein

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What is the meaning of the word `grace'? Can Wittgenstein's maxim that the meaning of a word is its usage help explicate the claims that Christians have made about grace? When Christians use the word, they reference within language the point of contact between humanity and the divine.Terrance W. Klein suggests that grace is not an occult object but rather an insight, a moment when we perceive God to be active on our behalf. Klein examines the biblical evidence that grace begins as a recognition of God's favour, before considering Augustine as the theologian who championshistory rather than nature as the place of encounter with grace. Aquinas' work on grace is also explored, retrieving the saint's thought on three seminal concepts: nature, form, and the striving intellect. Overall, Klein suggests that grace is the perception of a form, an awareness that the humanperson is being addressed by the world itself.

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What is the meaning of the word `grace'? Can Wittgenstein's maxim that the meaning of a word is its usage help explicate the claims that Christians have made about grace? When Christians use the word, they reference within language the point of contact between humanity and the divine.Terrance W. Klein suggests that grace is not an occ...

Terrance W. Klein is Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:October 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204233

ISBN - 13:9780199204236

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Table of Contents

1. The world that is mystical2. From ethics ot epistemology3. Retrieving the dynamic personalism of Aquinas4. Grace as meaning in the world5. Grace as gaze