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Neville’s Metaphysics

Neville’s Metaphysics William david hart / department of religion, macalester college I. The goal of this essay is three fold: first, to describe briefly the "sublation thesis"; second, to show how robert neville's Philosophical Theology evades the thesis; and, third, to assess the compatibility of neville's metaphysics and pragmatic naturalism. Traditionally, the philosophy of religion addresses a small bundle of interrelated issues: arguments regarding the existence, nature, and knowledge of god, the rationality of belief, and the problem of evil. early modern forms of the philosophy of religion also address the immortality of the soul and the possibility of miracles. All of these issues ride the back, so to speak, of confessional theological concerns. The sublation thesis is an idea regarding the philosophy of religion that i have entertained since graduate school but never bothered to develop. The argument is this: cultural criticism is the Aufhebung of the philosophy of religion. if the philosophy of religion is the practice of offering rational explications of religious dogma and doctrine, which historically and prototypically construes christianity as exceptional in rationality and truth, then cultural criticism has sublated that practice. cultural criticism simultaneously preserves, cancels, transforms, and lifts that discourse higher. cultural criticism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Neville’s Metaphysics

American Journal of Theology & Philosophy , Volume 37 (3) – Nov 30, 2016

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William david hart / department of religion, macalester college I. The goal of this essay is three fold: first, to describe briefly the "sublation thesis"; second, to show how robert neville's Philosophical Theology evades the thesis; and, third, to assess the compatibility of neville's metaphysics and pragmatic naturalism. Traditionally, the philosophy of religion addresses a small bundle of interrelated issues: arguments regarding the existence, nature, and knowledge of god, the rationality of belief, and the problem of evil. early modern forms of the philosophy of religion also address the immortality of the soul and the possibility of miracles. All of these issues ride the back, so to speak, of confessional theological concerns. The sublation thesis is an idea regarding the philosophy of religion that i have entertained since graduate school but never bothered to develop. The argument is this: cultural criticism is the Aufhebung of the philosophy of religion. if the philosophy of religion is the practice of offering rational explications of religious dogma and doctrine, which historically and prototypically construes christianity as exceptional in rationality and truth, then cultural criticism has sublated that practice. cultural criticism simultaneously preserves, cancels, transforms, and lifts that discourse higher. cultural criticism

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 30, 2016

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