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Philosophy, God and motion

Author: Simon Oliver
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Series: Radical orthodoxy series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In the post-Newtonian world motion is assumed to be a simple category which relates to the locomotion of bodies in space, and is usually associated only with physics. Philosophy, God and Motion shows that this is a relatively recent understanding of motion and that prior to the scientific revolution motion was a much broader and more mysterious category, applying to moral as well as physical movements ... Simon
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Oliver, Simon, 1971-
Philosophy, God and motion.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2005
(DLC) 2004026861
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Oliver
ISBN: 0203008197 9780203008195
OCLC Number: 252818146
Description: 1 online resource (x, 249 pages)
Contents: Plato's Timaeus and the soul's motion of knowing. The Nature of the cosmos. Reason, necessity and the power of rhetorical persuasion. The pedagogy and ethics of cosmology --
Aristotle: ecstasy and intensifying motion. The Physics and nature's motion. Ecstasy and intensification. The ethics of motion: place, limit and God --
Light, motion and Scientia experimentalis. Robert Grosseteste: the science of light and the light of truth. The Experimentum. Roger Bacon: truth and experiment --
St. Thomas Aquinas: the god of motion. At the limits of Aristotelian physics. Motion and God. Virtue, grace and motion. Christ, the Eucharist and motion --
The isolation of physics. Avicenna on metaphysics and physics. The theory of impetus and the quantification of motion --
Newton: God without motion. The theological context of Newtonian motion. Motion in the Principia. Absolute space, Christ and motion. The fate of mechanistic motion.
Series Title: Radical orthodoxy series.
Responsibility: Simon Oliver.

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"In the post-Newtonian world motion is assumed to be a simple category which relates to the locomotion of bodies in space, and is usually associated only with physics. Philosophy, God and Motion shows that this is a relatively recent understanding of motion and that prior to the scientific revolution motion was a much broader and more mysterious category, applying to moral as well as physical movements ... Simon Oliver presents fresh interpretations of key figures in the history of western thought - including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Newton - examining the thinkers' handling of the concept of motion. Through close readings of seminal texts in ancient and medieval cosmology and early modern natural philosophy, the book moves from antique to modern times investigating how motion has been of great significance within theology, philosophy and science. Particularly important is the relation between motion and God. Following Aristotle, traditional doctrines of God have understood the divine as the 'unmoved mover' while more recent theology and philosophy has suggested that, in order for God to be involved in the cosmos, the divine must in some way be subject to motion. Simon Oliver argues that, while God is beyond all qualifications of change, motion is nevertheless a means of creation's perfection and participation in the dynamic eternal life of God. Philosophy, God and Motion therefore suggests that there may be an authentically theological, as well as a natural scientific, understanding of motion ... This volume will prove a major contribution to theology, the history of Christian thought and to the growing field of science and religion"--Jacket.

Examining the concept of motion in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Newton among others, this book offers a theological, as well as a natural scientific understanding of motion, particularly in relation to God.

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