Platonic Philosophy of Religion, A: A Process Perspective

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SUNY Press, 2012 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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A Platonic Philosophy of Religion challenges traditional views of Plato’s religious thought, arguing that these overstate the case for the veneration of Being as opposed to Becoming. Daniel A. Dombrowski explores how process or neoclassical perspectives on Plato’s view of God have been mostly neglected, impoverishing both our view of Plato and our view of what can be said in contemporary philosophy of religion on a Platonic basis. Looking at the largely ignored later dialogues, Dombrowski finds a dynamic theism in Plato and presents a new and very different Platonic philosophy of religion. The work’s interpretive framework derives from the application of process philosophy and discusses the continuation of Plato’s thought in the works of Hartshorne and Whitehead.
 

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Contents

THE INEVITABLE QUESTION
1
1 Taking the World Soul Seriously
15
2 Being Is Power
33
3 Forms As Items inDivine Psychical Process
51
4 Dipolar Theism
65
5 Arguments for the Existence of God
81
6 Becoming like God
95
Notes
113
Bibliography
135
Index
149
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Daniel A. Dombrowski is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. He is the author of several books, including Rawls and Religion: The Case for Political Liberalism, also published by SUNY Press.

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