Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology
Reason, Meaning and Experience
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Presenting new opportunities in the dialogue between philosophy and theology, this interdisciplinary text addresses the contemporary reshaping of intellectual boundaries. Exploring human experience in a ’post-Christian’ era, the distinguished contributors bring to bear what have been traditionally seen as theological resources while drawing on contemporary developments in philosophy, both ’continental’ and ’analytic’. Set in the context of two complementary narratives - one philosophical concerning secularity, the other theological about the question of God - the authors point to ways of reconfiguring both traditional reason / faith oppositions and those between interpretation / text and language / experience. Contributors: David Brown, Philip Clayton, Chris Firestone, Grace Jantzen, Nicholas Lash, George Pattison, Dan Stiver, Charles Taylor, Kevin Vanhoozer, Graham Ward, Martin Warner.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Transcending boundaries in philosophy and theology, Martin Warner; Once more into the borderlands: the way of wisdom in philosophy and theology after the 'turn to drama', Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Section One: Reason, Rationality and Traditions of Rationality: What is secularity?, Charles Taylor; Rational religious faith and Kant's transcendental boundaries, Chris L. Firestone; Boundaries crossed and uncrossable: physical science, social science, theology, Philip Clayton; The logos, the body and the world: on the phenomenological border, Graham Ward. Section Two: Meaning, Language and Interpretation: The question of God today, Nicholas Lash; Felicity and fusion: speech act theory and hermeneutical philosophy, Dan R. Stiver. Section Three: Experience, Imagination and Mysticism: Experience skewed, David Brown; On philosophers (not) reading history: narrative and utopia, Grace M. Jantzen; What to say: reflections on mysticism after modernity, George Pattison. Bibliography; Index.
Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at the Divinity School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA. He is the author of Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (CUP), Is There a Meaning in this Text?: The Bible, the Reader and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Apollos), and First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Inter-Varsity Press). He is a former member of the Panel on Doctrine of the Church of Scotland and co-Chair of the Systematic Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion.
Martin Warner is Associate Fellow of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Philosophical Finesse: Studies in the Art of Rational Persuasion (Clarendon Press), and A Philosophical Study of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets (Mellen). He is a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
"...the interdisciplinary series Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology is a welcome initiative... The editors provide a helpful introduction and two stimulating introductory essays, as well as supplying concise summaries of the ensuing chapters.’ Church Times ’... the attempt to consider the relationship between philosophy and theology in a new way is to be commended: for this reason it deserves the kind of careful reading demanded by its contents."—Theology