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The philosophical quest for God : a journey through its stations

Author: Norbert Fischer
Publisher: Münster : LIT ; Piscataway, NJ : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, ©2005.
Series: Handbooks of Catholic theology.
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Fischer, Norbert, 1947-
Philosophical quest for God.
Münster : LIT ; Piscataway, NJ : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, ©2005
(OCoLC)988946487
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Norbert Fischer
ISBN: 3825848566 9783825848569
OCLC Number: 65520619
Description: iv, 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter I Preliminary Questions concerning Man: Man as the Place and Conveyor of the God-question 29 --
1 The Identity of the Questioner: First Sign of a Natural Human Metaphysical Disposition 30 --
a) Man: A Self-assigned, Theoretically Unsolvable Task 31 --
b) Metaphysical Implications in the Unending Human Process of Practical Self-actualization 37 --
c) Impossibility of Complete Human Self-understanding and Life-realization 41 --
2 Experiential Origins of the God-question: Persisting Questionability of Content 45 --
a) Origin of the God-question: Awe and Delight 46 --
b) Origin of the God-question: Fright and Adversity 51 --
c) Necessity of Interpreting Religious Experience in Philosophy 56 --
3 Significance of Transcending Thought for the Philosophical God-question 61 --
a) The Inquiring Mind: Proximity and Distance to Perfect Truth 63 --
b) Inquirer's Freedom from the Merely Factual: Finitude of the Inquirer 68 --
c) Man's Temporality: The Horizon of Man's Inquiry into Eternity 72 --
Chapter II Necessity and Difficulty of Substantive Statements about God 79 --
1 Problem of Inquiry into Divine Attributes and Nature 82 --
a) Double Meaning of the Human Inability to Know Something about the Divine Nature 82 --
b) Necessary Certainty about the Infinite 87 --
c) Difficulties Concerning the Divine Nature When Making a Transition to Infining Thought 90 --
2 Reality Examined in the God-question as the Starting Point for Analogous Concepts of God 94 --
a) Points of Departure for Infinitions: Analogous Speech about God 96 --
b) Examples of Infinitions from Speculative Knowledge 99 --
c) Examples of Infinitions from Practical Knowledge 105 --
3 A Systematic Clarification of the God-question 110 --
a) God: Absolute Primal Source of Experience and the Moral Imperative 112 --
b) God: Absolute Power which Sustains Mankind and the World 116 --
c) God: Absolute Goal of Human Striving not Realizable by Human Action 121 --
Chapter III Philosophical Debate concerning God's Existence 127 --
1 The Meaning of Proofs of God's Existence; the Modal Character of Possible Results 128 --
a) Essential Impulses in Elaborating Arguments for God's Existence 128 --
b) Practically Motivated Positions on God's Existence 133 --
c) Modalities in Supposing and Contesting God's Existence 135 --
2 The Most Important Traditional Philosophical Ways of Explicating God's Existence 140 --
a) Ontological Proof: God as Necessary and Supreme Being 141 --
b) Noological Argument: God as Absolute Truth and the Goal of Finite Search for Truth 148 --
c) Cosmological Argument: God as Ground of the Universe 151 --
d) Teleological Argument: God as Ultimate Final Cause and Purposeful Originator of the World 155 --
e) Moral Argument: God as Primal Origin and Goal of Human Life 158 --
3 Rational Grounds for Disputing the Proofs of God's Existence 164 --
a) Absence of a Natural Appearance of God in the World; Human Ignorance of God's Nature 166 --
b) Godward Arguments as Problems; Necessity of a Reasonable Decision 169 --
c) Malum: Ambiguous Challenge to Belief in a Divine Creator 174 --
d) The Unanswerable Question of Theodicy: the exemplum crucis of Theology 177 --
4 Critique of Exemplary Forms of Atheism 180 --
a) Methodical Atheism; Varieties of a Practical Disregard of God 182 --
b) Feuerbach's Enlightened Destruction and Anthropological Interpretation of Theology 186 --
c) Nietzsche's Dis-illusionment with the Search for the Unconditional; Alternative Scheme for Overcoming Nihilism 193 --
d) Humanistic Atheism: Earnestness and Responsibility 201 --
e) Sceptical Pluralism: Danger of Post-modern Human Self-interpretation 217 --
Chapter IV The Strained Relations between the So-called "God of the Philosophers" and the "Living God of Faith" 223 --
1 Distance between the Human Conception of God and the Reality of God in Plato 225 --
a) Significant Characteristics of the Explicit Discussion of God in Plato's Writings 226 --
b) Reflective Character of Aristotelian Theology 230 --
c) Apologetic, Negative, and Mythopoetic Character of Plato's Philosophical Theology 234 --
2 Blaise Pascal's Consciousness of the Gulf between the God of Imagination and the God of Experience 238 --
a) Background to the Distinction between the "God of the Philosophers" and the "Living God" 238 --
b) Pascal's Rejection of the "Spirit of Geometry;" His Conversion to the Living God of Faith 243 --
c) The Believing Experience; Human Beings Opening Themselves: an Event which can not be Anticipated 247 --
3 Immanuel Kant's Critique of Metaphysics and Martin Heidegger's God-less Thinking as Signs of a Necessary Task 252 --
a) From Physically-based to Personally-based Categories in Kant's Conception of God 253 --
b) Heidegger's Rejection of the "God of the Philosophers" and Non-metaphysical Speech about God 258 --
c) Necessity of a Renewal of Undogmatic Philosophizing in Contemporary Thought about God 264 --
Chapter V Approaches to Philosophical Thought about God not Oriented to the Ideal of Exact Sciences 269 --
1 Consciousness of God's Inconceivability in Augustine's and Cusanus' Search for God 270 --
a) The Dialectic of Seeking and Finding God in Augustine 271 --
b) Insurmountable Wall of Paradise in Cusanus' Search for God 277 --
2 Phenomenology of the "Other" as Background of Emmanuel Levinas' Philosophical Discussion of God 285 --
a) Conditions of a Relationship between Finite and Infinite 288 --
b) Ethical Experience of Personhood in the Other: Where God Enters Human Thought 295 --
c) Thought about God from Radical Separation from the Other Roused by Reception of the Countenance of the Other 301.
Series Title: Handbooks of Catholic theology.
Responsibility: Norbert Fischer.
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