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Philosophy of Religion : The Key Thinkers - Jeffrey J. Jordan

Philosophy of Religion

The Key Thinkers

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Published: 20th January 2011
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This is an accessible survey of the most important thinkers on Religion, from Aquinas, through Kant to William James. Arguments concerning the existence and nature of God have been a staple of western philosophy for over 2,000 years. "Philosophy of Religion: The Key Thinkers" offers a comprehensive historical overview of this fascinating field. Nine specially commissioned essays introduce and explore the contributions of those philosophers who have shaped the subject and the central issues and arguments therein. The book reconstructs the history of the philosophy of religion, clearly illustrating the most important attempts to address such crucial issues as the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the problem of evil, miracles, the moral argument, the design argument, religious experience and the idea of god. Thinkers covered include Anselm, Aquinas, Pascal, Hume, Kant, Paley and James. Crucially the book demonstrates why the ideas and arguments these key thinkers developed are still relevant in contemporary thought. Ideal for undergraduate students, the book lays the necessary foundations for a complete and thorough understanding of this fascinating subject.

Contributorsp. vii
Key Thinkers in the Philosophy of Religion: An Introductionp. 1
Anselm and the Classical Idea of God: A Debatep. 7
Anselm and the Ontological Argumentp. 22
Aquinas and the Cosmological Argumentp. 44
William Paley and the Argument from Designp. 54
Kant and the Moral Argumentp. 76
William James and Religious Experiencep. 100
Pascal and the Wagerp. 118
Hume and Reports of Miraclesp. 137
Hume and the Problem of Evilp. 159
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 187
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9781441192158
ISBN-10: 1441192158
Series: Key Thinkers
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 20th January 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1