Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham

Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham

by Thomas L. Pangle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801873282

ISBN-13: 9780801873287

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In this book noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle brings back a lost and crucial dimension of political theory: the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Focusing on the chapters of Genesis in which the foundation of the Bible is laid, Pangle…  See more details below

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In this book noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle brings back a lost and crucial dimension of political theory: the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Focusing on the chapters of Genesis in which the foundation of the Bible is laid, Pangle provides an interpretive reading illuminated by the questions and concerns of the Socratic tradition and its medieval heirs in the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic worlds. He brings into contrast the rival interpretive framework set by the biblical criticism of the modern rationalists Hobbes and Spinoza, along with their heirs from Locke to Hegel. The full meaning of these diverse philosophic responses to the Bible is clarified through a dialogue with hermeneutic discussions by leading political theologians in the Judaic, Muslim, and Christian traditions, from Josephus and Augustine to our day. Profound and subtle in its argument, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion but also to thoughtful readers in every walk of life who seek to deepen their understanding of the perplexing relationship between religious faith and philosophic reason.

About the author:
Thomas L. Pangle is the University Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His many acclaimed publications include Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism, The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke and The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age. He has also published a number of translations of Platonic dialogues, including The Laws of Plato and The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801873287
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Twofold Account of Creation: and the Hermeneutical Problem17
Ch. 2Creation and the Meaning of Divine Omnipotence29
Ch. 3The Ontological Implications of the Unfolding of Creation, for Creatures and Creator48
Ch. 4Creation and Divine Solicitude for Mankind58
Ch. 5Creation and the Meaning of Good and Evil71
Ch. 6Pollution and Purgation103
Ch. 7Abram from the Calling to the Covenant127
Ch. 8Abraham at the Peak154
Ch. 9Kierkegaard's Challenge172
Conclusion182
Notes185
Works Cited265
Index279

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