1st Edition

Teleology and Modernity





ISBN 9780367784928
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The main and original contribution of this volume is to offer a discussion of teleology through the prism of religion, philosophy and history. The goal is to incorporate teleology within discussions across these three disciplines rather than restrict it to one as is customarily the case. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from individual teleologies to collective ones; ideas put forward by the French aristocrat Arthur de Gobineau and the Scottish philosopher David Hume, by the Anglican theologian and founder of Methodism, John Wesley, and the English naturalist Charles Darwin.

Table of Contents

List of contributors





Introduction



by Dan O’Brien, Marius Turda and William Gibson





Section I: Religion





Chapter 1: ‘We Apply these Tools to our Morals’: Eighteenth-century Freemasonry, A Case Study in Teleology



by Richard Berrman





Chapter 2: Teleologies and Religion in the Eighteenth Century



by William Gibson





Chapter 3: John Wesley and the Teleology of Education



by Linda A. Ryan





Section II: History





Chapter 4: Teleology and Race



by Marius Turda





Chapter 5: Charles Darwin and the Argument for Design



by David Redvaldsen





Chapter 6: Teleology and Jewish Heretical Religiosity: Nietzsche and Rosenzweig



by David Ohana





Section III: Philosophy





Chapter 7: Can the Sciences Do without Final Causes?



by Stephen Boulter





Chapter 8: Hume, Teleology and the ‘Science of Man’



by Lorenzo Greco and Dan O’Brien





Chapter 9: What is the Function of Morality?



by Mark Cain





Chapter 10: Is Intuitive Teleological Reasoning Promiscuous?



by Johan de Smedt and Helen de Cruz





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Editor(s)

Biography

William Gibson is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History at Oxford Brookes University.



Dan O’Brien is Reader in Philosophy and Subject Co-ordinator for Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University



Marius Turda is Professor in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University.