The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, five volume set : v.1 Ancient Philosophy and Religion: v.2 Medieval Philosophy and Religion: v.3 Early Modern Philosophy and Religion: v.4 Nineteenth-century Philosophy and Religion: v.5 Twentieth-century Philosophy and Religion book cover
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The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, five volume set
v.1 Ancient Philosophy and Religion: v.2 Medieval Philosophy and Religion: v.3 Early Modern Philosophy and Religion: v.4 Nineteenth-century Philosophy and Religion: v.5 Twentieth-century Philosophy and Religion

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ISBN 9781138903463
Published September 25, 2020 by Routledge
500 Pages

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Book Description

An international team of over 100 leading scholars has been brought together to provide authoritative exposition of how history's most important philosophical thinkers - fron antiquity to the present day - have sought to analyse the concepts and tenets central to Western religious belief, especially Christianity. Divided, chronologically, into five volumes, The History of Western Philosophy of Religion is designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, from the scholar looking for original insight and the latest research findings to the student wishing for a masterly encapsulation of a particular philosopher's views. It will become the standard reference in the field.


  • each volume opens with a general introduction, presenting an overview of philosophy of religion in the period
  • each essay opens with a brief biography, then outlines and analyses that philosopher's contribution to thinking on religion, and concludes with key further reading
  • essays are cross-referenced, highlighting the development of major ideas and influences across history
  • each volume closes with a chronology, presenting a contextual guide to the main religious, political, cultural and artistic events of the period
  • each volume contains its own bibliography and index.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Ancient Philosophy and Religion Introduction, Georg Boys-Stones; 1. Pythagoras, Constantinos Macris; 2. Xenophanes, James Lesher; 3. Socrates and Plato, Mark McPherran; 4. Aristotle, Sarah Broadie; 5. Epicurus, John Penwill; 6. The Stoics, Tad Brennan; 7. Cicero, Margaret Graver; 8. Philo of Alexandria, David Runia; 9. Paul the Apostle, Stanley K. Stowers; 10. Plutarch of Chaeronea, John Dillon; 11. Sextus Empiricus, Richard Bett; 12. Early Christian Philosophers, Eric Osborn; 13. Origen, Jeffrey Hause; 14. Plotinus, Lloyd P. Gerson; 15. Porphyry and Iamblichus, Mark Edwards; 16. The Cappadocians, Anthony Meredith; 17. Augustine, Gareth Matthews; 18. Proclus, Dirk Baltzly; 19. Pseudo-Dionysius, Kevin Corrigan and Michael Harrington

Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy and Religion Introduction, G. R. Evans; 1. Boethius, John Marenbon; 2. John Scottus Eriugena, Dermot Moran; 3. Al-Farabi, S. Nomanul Haq; 4. Avicenna, Jon McGinnis; 5. Anselm, Thomas Williams; 6. Al-Ghazali, Michael Marmura; 7. Abelard, Constant Mews; 8. Bernard of Clairvaux, Brian Patrick McGuire; 9. Averroes, Gerhard Endress; 10. Maimonides, Charles Manekin; 11. Bacon, Jeremiah Hackett; 12. Aquinas, John F. Wippel; 13. Duns Scotus, Richard Cross; 14. Ockham, Gyula Klima; 15. Gersonides, Tamar Rudavsky; 16. Wyclif, Stephen Lahey; 17. Nicholas of Cusa, Jasper Hopkins; 18. Erasmus, James McConica

Volume 3: Early Modern Philosophy and Religion Introduction, Peter Anstey; 1. Machiavelli, Mary Dietz and Ilya Winham; 2. Luther, Theodor Dieter; 3. Calvin, Michael Sudduth; 4. Montaigne, Marc Foglia; 5. Francisco Suarez, Bernardo J. Cantens; 6. Hobbes, Sharon Lloyd; 7. Descartes, Gary Steiner; 8. Ralph Cudworth, Benjamin Carter; 9. Blaise Pascal, William David Wetsel; 10. Spinoza, Michael Rosenthal; 11. Locke, Victor Nuovo; 12. Leibniz, Jack D. Davidson; 13. Berkeley, Roomet Jakapi; 14. Voltaire, David Williams; 15. Jonathan Edwards, Sang Hyun Lee; 16. Thomas Reid, Ryan Nichols; 17. Hume, Paul Draper; 18. Diderot, David Adams; 19. Kant, Eckart Forster; 20. Lessing, David Bell; 21. The Deists, Peter Byrne; 22. William Paley, Roger White

Volume 4: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Religion Introduction, Douglas Hedley and Chris Ryan; 1. Fichte, Yolanda D. Estes; 2. Schleiermacher, Theodore Vial; 3. Hegel, Paul Redding; 4. Schelling, Michael Vater; 5. Schopenhauer, Robert Wicks; 6. Comte, H. S. Jones; 7. Newman, Ian Ker; 8. Emerson, Russell Goodman; 9. Feuerbach, Van A. Harvey; 10. John Stuart Mill, Chin Liew Ten; 11. Darwin, Michael Ruse; 12. Kierkegaard, William McDonald; 13. Marx and Engels, Roland Boer; 14. Dilthey, Rudolf Makkreel; 15. Edward Caird, Colin Tyler; 16. C. S. Peirce, Douglas Anderson; 17. Nietzsche, Clancy Martin; 18. Josiah Royce, Kelly A. Parker; 19. Freud, Adolf Grunbaum; 20. Durkheim, Philip Mellor

Volume 5: Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Religion Introduction, Charles Taliaferro; 1. William James, Richard Gale; 2. Henri Bergson, John Mullarkey; 3. A. N. Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, Lewis S. Ford; 4. John Dewey, Steven Rockefeller; 5. Bertrand Russell, A. C. Grayling; 6. Max Scheler, Quentin Smith; 7. Martin Buber, Tamra Wright; 8. Jacques Maritain, Peter Redpath; 9. Karl Jaspers, Kurt Salamun; 10. Paul Tillich, William Rowe; 11. Karl Barth, Paul Dafydd Jones; 12. Wittgenstein, Genia Schoenbaumsfeld; 13. Heidegger, Laurence Paul Hemming; 14. Emmanuel Levinas, Jeffrey Kosky; 15. Simone Weil, Stephen Plant; 16. A. J. Ayer, Graham Macdonald; 17. William Alston, Daniel Howard-Snyder; 18. John Hick, Paul Badham; 19. Mary Daly, Anne Marie Korte; 20. Jacques Derrida, Kevin Hart; 21. Alvin Plantinga, James F. Sennett; 22. Richard Swinburne, Bruce Langtry; 23. Late Twentieth-Century Atheism, Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis

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Graham Oppy is a Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) at Monash University, Australia.

N. N. Trakakis is a Research Fellow in Philosophy, and Assistant Director of the Centre for the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion, at the Australian Catholic University.