The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value

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Cambridge University Press, 15 sep. 2005
The Spiritual Dimension offers a new model for the philosophy of religion, bringing together emotional and intellectual aspects of our human experience, and embracing practical as well as theoretical concerns. It shows how a religious worldview is best understood not as an isolated set of doctrines, but as intimately related to spiritual praxis and to the search for self-understanding and moral growth. It argues that the religious quest requires a certain emotional openness, but can be pursued without sacrificing our philosophical integrity. Touching on many important debates in contemporary philosophy and theology, but accessible to general readers, The Spiritual Dimension covers a range of central topics in the philosophy of religion, including scientific cosmology and the problem of evil; ethical theory and the objectivity of goodness; psychoanalytic thought, self-discovery and virtue; the multi-layered nature of religious discourse; and the relation between faith and evidence.

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Religion and spirituality from praxis to belief
1
2 Why praxis must come first
5
3 The heart has its reasons
8
4 Trust and the corrections of reason
13
Religion and science theodicy in an imperfect universe
18
2 Are religious claims explanatory hypotheses?
21
3 The problem of evil and the nature of matter
26
4 The dust of the earth
29
4 The importance of layering
88
5 Meaning and justification
98
Religion and the Enlightenment modernist and postmodernist obstacles
102
2 The supposed legacy of the Enlightenment
106
3 Naturalism and contemporary philosophical orthodoxy
109
an unpromising postmodernist reply
113
5 Enlightenment and faith
118
Religion and the good life the epistemic and moral resources of spirituality
127

5 Detachment intervention participation
31
6 Proof consistency and faith
34
Religion and value the problem of heteronomy
37
2 Autonomy and dependency
41
3 The metaphysics of value
46
4 God as source of morality
49
5 Objectivity and its basis
54
Religion and selfdiscovery the interior journey
58
2 Psychoanalysis and philosophy
61
3 Psychoanalytic critiques of religion
64
4 Two responses to Fraud
66
5 Mortal improvement psychoanalytic reflection and the religious quest
73
Religion and language emotion symbol and fact
79
2 Emotion and layers of meaning
80
3 The emotional dynamic
83
2 Faith and evidence
128
3 Traces of the transcendent
131
4 Horizons of knowledge and intimations of the beyond
134
5 Moral psychology and the cultivation of virtue
140
6 Dimensions of askesis
143
7 From psychotherapy to spirituality
145
Religion and pluralism which spirituality?
150
2 Which path?
153
3 Mysticism and the apophatic tradition
159
4 From mystery to liturgy
161
5 Distinctive culture and common humanity
165
6 Images of integration
168
Bibliography
173
Index
183
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Om författaren (2005)

John Cottingham is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. His many publications include: Western Philosophy: an anthology (Blackwell, 1996), Philosophy and the Good Life (Cambridge, 1998) and On the Meaning of Life (Routledge, 2003).

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