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Metaphysics: Constructing a World View (Contours of Christian Philosophy) Paperback – September 16, 1983
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"A fine introduction to both the subject matter and the process of doing philosophy as a Christian. It offers a blend of the analytic and personal which is too rarely found in contemporary philosophy." (Don C. Postema, Bethel College)
"Professor Hasker has produced an excellent introduction to metaphysics which avoids oversimplification and dognmatism, assesses major positions, takes some controversial stances, and is alert to the theological implications of metaphysical viewpoints." (Keith E. Yandell, University of Wisconsin)
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emergentism: The mind is distinct from the brain (73). Like magnetic fields are produced by objects, the mind is produced by the brain. Or better: soul-field.
Speculative criticisms of free will: Hasker asserts that libertarianism is not “Pure chance” (44). Okay. I still ask, “is man’s decision to act floating in a realm of contingency?” I have not seen Hasker offer anything like God’s Providence to challenge this question. I can only assume the answer is yes.
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Uneasy relationship between philosophy and theology. I agree with Hasker that we shouldn’t dismiss philosophy ala Karl Barth. It’s not clear, though, whom Hasker would allow to adjudicate competing claims. He wants philosophy to be “Free” (23) from theology. This unwittingly justified Van Til’s (and even Schaeffer’s, yikes!) charges of autonomy.
His opening chapter seemed to endorse a form of classical foundationalism. I say “seemed” because he hinted at something like it but didn’t develop it (a recurring problem in this book).
If he is a foundationalist, and his project rests upon foundationalist’s assumptions, and if foundationalism is proved wanting, does his project necessarily fall as well? Maybe.
While he gives a lucid discussion of libertarian free will, it’s hard to see how God’s providence factors in. In fact, he seems to rule it out: “he [the determinist] regards his efforts, choices, and actions as inevitable parts of the necessary and unalterable order of things” (38). If I then add the verse, “Declaring the end from the beginning” (Is.Read more ›
I would, however, agree that the use of a little more scripture would increase my appreciation of this book. I understand that philosophers do not appeal to the Bible as a source of truth in their discipline; however, I'd like to see, in a Christian book, the use of scripture to back up the philosophy.
Overall, excellent introductory book to Metaphysics.
Good Writing. Easy to read. Had to read once for tests. I did not have to re read.
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Good read for me. Generally written for those of us novice to the topic. Would buy more of this author.Published on October 14, 2013 by Rachele A Dixie
This product served it purpose, I needed this book for my philosophy class at Liberty University. This class is the hardest class I have taken at the schoolPublished on September 6, 2013 by A. Union