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Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion


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Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.

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Deity and Morality With Regard to the Naturalistic Fallacy

Deity and Morality: With Regard to the Naturalistic Fallacy

1st Edition

By Burton F. Porter
May 26, 2016

This book describes the "naturalistic fallacy", as attributed to Hume, that non-moral premises cannot logically entail a moral conclusion, and distinguishes it from the similarly named though subtly different fallacy identified by Moore in Principia Ethica by comparing and contrasting its presence ...

Basic Modern Philosophy of Religion

Basic Modern Philosophy of Religion

1st Edition

By Frederick Ferré
May 20, 2016

This book provides a reasoned, comprehensive understanding of what religion is as well as a clear and critical assessment of whether, in the light of modern developments in philosophy, contemporary thinking people can responsibly maintain religious belief in God. The book is divided into three ...

Mind and Deity Being the Second Series of a Course of Gifford Lectures on the General Subject of Metaphysics and Theism given in the University of Glasgow in 1940

Mind and Deity: Being the Second Series of a Course of Gifford Lectures on the General Subject of Metaphysics and Theism given in the University of Glasgow in 1940

1st Edition

By John Laird
May 20, 2016

Complementary to Theism and Cosmology, this book begins with a discussion of philosophical and theological idea-ism, and our common beliefs concerning nature, man, and God. It is principally concerned with idealism - the place of ideals in reality rather than with the place of ideas. It discusses ...

Religion, Secularization and Political Thought Thomas Hobbes to J. S. Mill

Religion, Secularization and Political Thought: Thomas Hobbes to J. S. Mill

1st Edition

Edited By James E. Crimmins
May 20, 2016

The increasing secularization of political thought between the mid-seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries has often been noted, but rarely described in detail. The contributors to this volume consider the significance of the relationship between religious beliefs, dogma and secular ideas in ...

Thomas Hobbes and the Debate over Natural Law and Religion

Thomas Hobbes and the Debate over Natural Law and Religion

1st Edition

By Stephen A. State
May 20, 2016

The argument laid out in this book discusses and interprets the work of Hobbes in relation to religion. It compares a traditional interpretation of Hobbes where Hobbes’ use of conventional terminology when talking about natural law is seen as ironic or merely convenient despite an atheist viewpoint...

Value and Reality The Philosophical Case for Theism

Value and Reality: The Philosophical Case for Theism

1st Edition

By Alfred Cyril Ewing
May 20, 2016

This is a major work by one of the best-known philosophical writers, representing the culmination of some twenty-five years’ work on the possibility of giving a rational defence of the claims of the religious man, and specifically the theist, in the face of modern criticisms. Dr Ewing’s object has ...

A Philosophy of Christian Morals for Today

A Philosophy of Christian Morals for Today

1st Edition

By Robert Corkey
May 11, 2016

Philosophers have been sharply divided in attempts to reconcile the validity of the moral distinctions essential to social well-being with the apparent ethical neutrality of the factual world. The failure to find an agreed solution to this problem produced the popular theory of Logical Empiricism, ...

Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics

1st Edition

By Robert Cecil Mortimer
May 11, 2016

A discussion of the general presuppositions and ideas which underlie the Christian ethical teaching, treating of such subjects as conscience, the concepts of sin and virtue, and the relation between morality and religion. The book also attempts to explain the traditional Christian attitudes towards...

Natural Religion The Ultimate Religion of Mankind

Natural Religion: The Ultimate Religion of Mankind

1st Edition

By Joseph Shaw Bolton
May 11, 2016

Driven by the dissatisfaction and turmoil in religion at the time this book was originally published in 1923, the author sets out a belief that all people have an inborn religion and investigates what the future of this religion might be as it changes from age to age. In the short chapters here the...

Neither Angel nor Beast The Life and Work of Blaise Pascal

Neither Angel nor Beast: The Life and Work of Blaise Pascal

1st Edition

By Francis X.J. Coleman
May 11, 2016

Blaise Pascal began as a mathematical prodigy, developed into a physicist and inventor, and had become by the end of his life in 1662 a profound religious thinker. As a philosopher, he was most convinced by the long tradition of scepticism, and so refused – like Kierkegaard – to build a ...

On Human Freedom Being the Forwood Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion given in the University of Liverpool in November, 1945

On Human Freedom: Being the Forwood Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion given in the University of Liverpool in November, 1945

1st Edition

By John Laird
May 11, 2016

In the author’s opinion there are three primary conceptions of human freedom - non-coercion, autonomy and indeterminism. He presents his thoughts to define, compare, distinguish and correlate these, not merely with regard to the freedom of the human will, but also and more generally with regard to ...

Religion and Reality A Study in the Philosophy of Mysticism

Religion and Reality: A Study in the Philosophy of Mysticism

1st Edition

By James Henry Tuckwell
April 27, 2016

This discussion of the search for religious truth addresses a universal view of religion that can be termed ‘philosophical mysticism’ from a rational basis of experience. Originally published in 1915, this is a classic of theological thinking that investigates the fundamental nature of religion and...

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