The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value

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Cambridge University Press, 2005年9月15日 - 186 頁
"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." --Book Jacket.
 

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from praxis to belief
1
theodicy in an imperfect universe
18
the problem of heteronomy
37
the interior journey
58
emotion symbol and fact
79
The emotional dynamic
83
The importance of layering
88
Meaning and justification
98
Traces of the transcendent
131
Horizons of knowledge and intimations of the beyond
134
Moral psychology and the cultivation of virtue
140
Dimensions of askesis
143
From psychotherapy to spirituality
145
which spirituality?
150
Which path?
153
Mysticism and the apophatic tradition
159

modernist and postmodernist obstacles
102
The supposed legacy of the Enlightenment
106
Naturalism and contemporary philosophical orthodoxy
109
an unpromising postmodernist reply
113
Enlightenment and faith
118
the epistemic and moral resources of spirituality
127
Faith and evidence
128
From mystery to liturgy
161
s Distinctive culture and common humanity
165
Images of integration
168
Bibliography
173
Index
183
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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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