Why Believe?

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März 2011



Why Believe? sees John Cottingham, a philosopher of searing intellectual honesty, examine our society's struggle with the concept of belief. 


One: Belief and its Benefits; 1. How believing affects living; 2. How believing works. 3. Belief and human sensibilities; 4. Belief and integrity; Two: Belief, Reason, Goodness; 1. Yearnings and their objective correlative; 2. From benefits to reasons; 3. God as source; 4. The best explanation?; Three: Belief and the Unknown; 1. The unknown God?; 2. Hume's critique; 3. The problems of transcendence; 4. Revelation and the Incarnate Word; Four: Obstacles to Belief; 1. How difficult can it get?; 2. Supernatural intervention; 3. Back to fundamentalism?; 4. Revelation and cognition; Five: Belief and Meaning; 1. Truth and concealment; 2. Evidence and accessibility; 3. Vision and transformation; 4. Moral growth and spiritual conversion; Six: Learning to Believe; 1. The lessons of life; 2. Prevailing images of belief: exclusivism; 3. Ultimate responsibility; 4. Souls and the afterlife; Seven: Believing and living; 1. Providence and suffering; 2. Humility and hope; 3. Awe and thanksgiving; 4. 'Walk the believer's road!'.


John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. His much acclaimed recent titles include Philosophy and the Good Life, On the Meaning of Life and The Spiritual Dimension, and he is also well-known for his extensive writings in the history of philosophy and in ethics. He is President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and Editor of the journal Ratio.


'John Cottingham's brief defence of religious faith, and especially Christian faith, is honest, clear-headed and occasionally compelling.'--Sanford Lakoff
EAN: 9781441143051
ISBN: 144114305X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2011
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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