Truth in the Making: Knowledge and Creation in Modern Philosophy and Theology / Edition 1

Truth in the Making: Knowledge and Creation in Modern Philosophy and Theology / Edition 1

by Robert C. Miner, C. Miner Robert
     
 

Is knowing a purely passive reception of something concrete outside the mind, or when we know something, are we creating something too?
Spanning more than 500 years of philosophical enquiry from the Middle Ages to the present day, Robert Miner clarifies modern philosophical conceptions of knowing as making or constructing, and contrasts this view with the

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Is knowing a purely passive reception of something concrete outside the mind, or when we know something, are we creating something too?
Spanning more than 500 years of philosophical enquiry from the Middle Ages to the present day, Robert Miner clarifies modern philosophical conceptions of knowing as making or constructing, and contrasts this view with the theological understanding of knowing as a participation in divine creation.
This study demonstrates how 'creative knowledge' has its roots in the theologies of Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas Cusanus. It explores the multiple ways in which this idea influenced the architects of modern philosophy, most notably Francis Bacon, René Descartes and Thomas Hobbes, despite their secular stance. Miner contends that, well in advance of Kant, one of these thinkers, Gaimbattista Vico provided a remarkably succinct formulation of the metaphysical and epistemological core of modernity in his principle verum et factum convertuntur: 'the true and the made are convertible'.
In Truth in the Making, Robert Miner challenges the standard assumption that Kant was the first thinker to conceive of knowing as constructive activity, and shows how contemporary theology can reclaim a concept of knowing that is both creative and participant in divine wisdom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415276986
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Series:
Routledge Radical Orthodoxy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1Thomas Aquinas1
Scientia Dei and creation2
Creation and human production7
Making and the "analogy of being"11
2Nicolaus Cusanus19
The dramatic setting of the Idiota de Mente20
Construction as manifestation of forms through image-making21
Constructions of reason23
The activity of mens: vis assimilativa and the construction of concepts26
Activa creatio humanitatis: making as imaging of the divine exemplar31
3Francis Bacon40
The Baconian factum40
Induction as constructive method45
Limits on human making: Bacon's forms50
For and against Bacon55
4Rene Descartes60
The Cartesian factum60
Representations as artifacts made from simple natures65
The constitution of simple natures67
Construction in the determination of quaestiones69
The division of the Cartesian inheritance73
5Thomas Hobbes78
The making of geometrical definitions79
The commonwealth as feat of technical making85
Science and power92
6Giambattista Vico96
Making and truth96
Abstraction as creation100
Making within metaphysics105
Making as imaginative mythopoesis108
Making as the creation of elements113
Making as composition from elements119
Epilogue126
Notes130
Bibliography156
Index161

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