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Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist’s Perspective by Robert Cummings Neville (review)

Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist’s Perspective by Robert Cummings Neville (review) book reviews Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist's Perspective Robert Cummings Neville. Albany: State U of New York P, 2009. Robert Neville is the author of more than twenty books, and he is presently completing a three-volume systematic philosophical theology, a work that promises to be the crown jewel in a lifetime of extraordinary scholarly accomplishment. Considered within the framework supplied by this remarkable oeuvre, the material published in Realism in Religion takes on a special significance. The essays collected here, although in most cases modified for inclusion, first appeared in various other contexts over a period of time spanning four full decades. Despite their disparate points of origin, these essays represent variations on a single general theme, articulating a consistent and forceful argument for the adoption of a certain kind of pragmatic realism. That argument, in turn, supplies the rationale for Neville's own distinctive approach to doing theology and the philosophy of religion. The book's introduction begins with a brief discussion of Charles S. Peirce's "Scotistic realism." Central chapters (chaps. 6 and 7) are devoted to the assessment of Peirce's importance for contemporary thinking about religion. Moreover, the entire first section of the book (chaps. 1 through 5) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist’s Perspective by Robert Cummings Neville (review)

The Pluralist , Volume 9 (1) – Mar 1, 2014

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book reviews Realism in Religion: A Pragmatist's Perspective Robert Cummings Neville. Albany: State U of New York P, 2009. Robert Neville is the author of more than twenty books, and he is presently completing a three-volume systematic philosophical theology, a work that promises to be the crown jewel in a lifetime of extraordinary scholarly accomplishment. Considered within the framework supplied by this remarkable oeuvre, the material published in Realism in Religion takes on a special significance. The essays collected here, although in most cases modified for inclusion, first appeared in various other contexts over a period of time spanning four full decades. Despite their disparate points of origin, these essays represent variations on a single general theme, articulating a consistent and forceful argument for the adoption of a certain kind of pragmatic realism. That argument, in turn, supplies the rationale for Neville's own distinctive approach to doing theology and the philosophy of religion. The book's introduction begins with a brief discussion of Charles S. Peirce's "Scotistic realism." Central chapters (chaps. 6 and 7) are devoted to the assessment of Peirce's importance for contemporary thinking about religion. Moreover, the entire first section of the book (chaps. 1 through 5)

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Published: Mar 1, 2014

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