Schleiermacher and Whitehead/ Open Systems in Dialogue (Theologische bibliothek topelmann, band 125)

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This collection of essays stages a dialogue between Friedrich Schleiermacher and Alfred North Whitehead on significant features of 'open' system. The volume offers new options for rehabilitating system for future theological and philosophical thinking by opening system to a flexible relation with changing reality. Key ingredients for system are discussed in three areas of contact between Schleiermacher and Whitehead. One such ingredient concerns historical precedents figuring crucially in Western systematic philosophy. Another feature is the systematic categorization of experience that relates epistemology, metaphysics, and the empirical sciences. System is also brought to bear on pressing contemporary issues, such as ethics and religious pluralism.

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Christine Helmer is Assistant Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in Claremont, California, USA.Marjorie Suchocki is Former Dean and Professor Emerita at CST, Professor Emerita of Religion at CGU, Director of the Process and Faith Program at the Center for Process Studies (CPS), and Co-Director of the CPS.John Quiring is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California and Program Director of the CPS.Katie Goetz is a Master of Divinity student at CST and a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Mapping the land of beginning again 15
Whitehead at infinite speed : deconstructing system as event 39
Schleiermacher between Kant and Leibniz : predication and ontology 73
Relative freedoms : the influence of Spinoza on the systems of Whitehead and Schleiermacher 93
System without certainty 119
System and dynamism in Whitehead's thought : the category of the ultimate and the concept of God 135
Novelty and system in Schleiermacher's thought 159
Open interpretation : Whitehead and Schleiermacher on hermeneutics 185
Systematizing agency : toward a panentheistic-participatory theory of agency 215
The force of dialogue and a dialogue of forces : resources for open theological systems 237
Feeling and morality in Whitehead's system 265
Process and God in Whitehead and Schleiermacher 295
Schleiermacher and Whitehead on religious pluralism 315
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