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The Probabilist Theism of John Stuart Mill
     

The Probabilist Theism of John Stuart Mill

by Harry Settanni
 

Dr. Settanni's fascinating study of John Stuart Mill's outlook on religion probes certain fundamental tensions and contradictions in his thinking. What is described herein is the history of one thinker who could not fully embrace the theism of orthodox religions and yet who could never be content with skepticism either. His education in philosophic Utilitarianism

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Dr. Settanni's fascinating study of John Stuart Mill's outlook on religion probes certain fundamental tensions and contradictions in his thinking. What is described herein is the history of one thinker who could not fully embrace the theism of orthodox religions and yet who could never be content with skepticism either. His education in philosophic Utilitarianism led him toward agnosticism. His wife's death led him toward belief. These same tensions are present, although in an admittedly more abstract manner, in his philosophy. The text reveals how Mill attempted to resolve these contradictions by a probabilist form of Theism, and the question remains as to how ultimately successful he was.

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«Settanni has given us a highly original, provocative, well-measured presentation of Mill's theory of God and religion. One may not agree with everything the author presents but one cannot but be stimulated by Settanni's attempt to force Mill's thought to be measured by the bar of logical consistency.» (Lawrence A. McKinnon, St. Joseph's University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820415130
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1991
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 5: Philosophy , #118
Pages:
237

Meet the Author

The Author: Dr. Settanni is currently a Professor at St. Joseph's University and Holy Family College in Philadelphia. He has published two previous works with Peter Lang: Holism: A Philosophy for Today Anticipating the Twenty-First Century and What Is Man?. Previously, Dr. Settanni taught in both Manor Junior College and St. John's University, New York, where he earned his Ph.D. Prior to St. John's, he earned a Master's Degree in Villanova University, PA and his Bachelor of Science Degree in St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.

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