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The territories of human reason : science and theology in an age of multiple rationalities

Author: Alister E McGrath
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Ian Ramsey Centre studies in science and religion.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Our understanding of human rationality has changed significantly since the beginning of the century, with growing emphasis being placed on multiple rationalities, each adapted to the specific tasks of communities of practice. We may think of the world as an ontological unity-but we use a plurality of methods to investigate and represent this world. This development has called into question both the appeal to a  Read more...
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McGrath, Alister E., 1953-
Territories of human reason.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1078415758
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alister E McGrath
ISBN: 0198813104 9780198813101
OCLC Number: 1038059407
Description: ix, 288 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1: Introduction: Science and Theology in an Age of 'Multiple Situated Rationalities'Mapping the Territories of Human ReasonMapping the Territories of Science and ReligionThe Aim of this BookPart 1: Exploring the notion of Rationality1: One Reason; Multiple Rationalities: The New Context of DiscussionShifting Notions of RationalityRationality, Embodiment, and EmbeddednessReflections on the Cultural and Social Embeddedness of RationalityThe Embodiment of Right Reason: The 'Wise'Concerns about Human RationalityOne Reason; Multiple RationalitiesRationality, Ideology, and Power2: Mapping Human Reason: Rationalities across Disciplinary BoundariesOn the Correlation of RationalitiesScientism: The Natural Sciences as the Ultimate Rational AuthorityMultiple Perspectives on a Complex RealityScience and Theology: Distinct Perspectives on RealityScience and Theology: Distinct Levels of Reality3: Social Aspects of Rationality: Tradition and Epistemic CommunitiesCommunities and their Epistemic SystemsRationality, Community, and TraditionRationality and Dominant Cultural MetanarrativesScience and Religion: Reflections on the Communal Aspects of KnowledgePart II: Rationality in Science and Theology4: Rational Virtues and the Problem of Theory ChoiceWhat is a theory?Inference to the Best ExplanationCorrespondence and Coherence as Theoretical VirtuesObjectivitySimplicityElegance and BeautyA Capacity to Predict5: Rational Explanation in Science and ReligionWhat Does it Mean to 'Explain'?Causality as ExplanationUnification as ExplanationTwo Approaches to Explanation: Ontic and EpistemicReligious Explanation: Some General ReflectionsReligious Explanation: Ontic and EpistemicTheology, Ontology, and ExplanationA Case Study: Aquinas's 'Second Way'The Image of God and Religious ExplanationUnderstanding and Explaining: A Religious Perspective6: From Observation to Theory: Deduction, Induction, and AbductionThe Entanglement of Theory and ObservationLogics of Discovery and JustificationDeduction in the Natural SciencesDeduction in Christian TheologyInduction in the Natural SciencesInduction in Christian TheologyAbduction in the Natural SciencesAbduction in Christian Theology7: Complexity and Mystery: The Limits of RationalityMystery and IrrationalityMystery in ScienceMystery in Christian TheologyThe Trinity as MysteryMystery: An Invitation to Deeper Reflection8: Rational Consilience: Some Closing Reflections on Science and Christian TheologyTowards a 'Big Picture': A Metaphysical TurnThe Colligation of InsightsA Case Study in Colligation: Science and SocialismA Case Study in Colligation: Science and TheologyRationality: A Cohesive ApproachConclusionBibliography
Series Title: Ian Ramsey Centre studies in science and religion.
Responsibility: Alister E. McGrath.

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"Our understanding of human rationality has changed significantly since the beginning of the century, with growing emphasis being placed on multiple rationalities, each adapted to the specific tasks of communities of practice. We may think of the world as an ontological unity-but we use a plurality of methods to investigate and represent this world. This development has called into question both the appeal to a universal rationality, characteristic of the Enlightenment, and also the simple 'modern-postmodern' binary. The Territories of Human Reason is the first major study to explore the emergence of multiple situated rationalities. It focuses on the relation of the natural sciences and Christian theology, but its approach can easily be extended to other disciplines. It provides a robust intellectual framework for discussion of transdisciplinarity, which has become a major theme in many parts of the academic world.0Alister E. McGrath offers a major reappraisal of what it means to be 'rational' which will have significant impact on older discussions of this theme. He sets out to explore the consequences of the seemingly inexorable move away from the notion of a single universal rationality towards a plurality of cultural and domain-specific methodologies and rationalities. What does this mean for the natural sciences? For the philosophy of science? For Christian theology? And for the interdisciplinary field of science and religion? How can a single individual hold together scientific and religious ideas, when these arise from quite different rational approaches? This groundbreaking volume sets out to engage these questions and will provoke intense discussion and debate."--

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