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101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology Paperback – July 1, 2004
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Richard Lints isAndrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
James K. A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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This is a book of philosophy terms - specifically theological terms are not covered save insofar as they are direct cross-over terms to theology. There are entries for key philosophers (Descartes, Heidegger, Hume, etc.) and key philosophical topics (ethics, metaphysics, etc.), as well as philosophical schools. Natural theology is covered - this was a topic in philosophy; hermeneutics is a cross-over term that gets dealt with in different ways.
One might quibble with some of the choices here, but for 101 topics in 100 pages, there will necessarily be omissions -- being interested in hermeneutics and Paul Ricoeur, I was sorry to not see Ricoeur's name in the book, mentioned in the topic, or referenced in the back; similarly, having a major entry for Feuerbach but no entry for Kant might be something I would change. However, these are minor concerns that those with more philosophical education would express; from the standpoint of the student and new learner, these are not major problems by any means.Read more ›
Good section on apologetics. what is considered as “rational” is always conditioned by pre-rational beliefs and assumptions (7). Is this similar to Dooyeweerd’s “pre-theoretical thought?” They note elsewhere that “what goes under the name ‘reason’ depends on religious commitments” (28).
Dualism/Monism: dualism is two kinds of things existing in the world. Monism one.
Epistemology: the standard question was phrased around justified true belief: a person p knows x if and only if p believes x and p belief in x is justified and p is true. Plantinga has replaced and bettered this model with “a belief is warranted if it is produced by our cognitive faculties working in accord with their design (20).
essence/essentialism: belief that objects have essences and that is their identity. An object’s essence is a collection of all the universal properties it possesses (20).
Free-will: usually defined as “the ability to do otherwise” (30).Read more ›
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a book that I had to purchase because not available in the library to use for class. Then we didn't use it for class. UGH!!!Published 20 months ago by Miss Erica
it's good for class. it helps out with term questions on quizzes. otherwise i don't really use it for other things.Published on February 21, 2013 by Evan S