God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics: The Logic of

God, Education, and Modern Metaphysics

The Logic of "Know Thyself", 1st Edition

By Nigel Tubbs


194 pages

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The Western tradition has long held the view that while it is possible to know that God exists, it nevertheless remains impossible to know what God is. The ineffability of the monotheistic God extends to each of the Abrahamic faiths. In this volume, Tubbs considers Aristotle’s logic of mastery and questions the assumptions upon which God’s ineffability rests. Part I explores the tensions between the philosophical definition of the One as "thought thinking itself" (the Aristotelian concept of noesis noeseos) and the educational vocation of the individual as "know thyself" (gnothi seuton). Identifying vulnerabilities in the logic of mastery, Tubbs puts forth an original logic of education, which he calls modern metaphysics, or a logic of learning and education. Part II explores this new educational logic of the divine as a "logic of tears," as a "dreadful religious teacher," and as a way to cohere the three Abrahamic faiths in an educational concept of monotheism.


"This volume is well worth the read as an overview of historical thought for readers interested in the history of thought as it pertains to metaphysics and religion." - Rob Foster, International Journal of Christianity & Education

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1 Know Thyself: Ancient Metaphysics 2. Socrates to Augustine 3. Aquinas and Maimonides 4. Avicenna to Ibn Arabi 5. Cusanus to Pascal 6. Descartes to Hegel Intermezzo Part 2 Know Thyself: Modern Metaphysics 7. The Logic of Tears 8. The Dreadful Religious Teacher 9. The Educational Concept of Monotheism

About the Author

Nigel Tubbs is Professor of Philosophical and Educational Thought at the University of Winchester, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Education

The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.


Please send proposals to Mike Waggoner ([email protected]) and Elsbeth Wright ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
RELIGION / Philosophy