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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415276985

ISBN-13: 9780415276986

Pub. Date: 11/04/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

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)

Table of Contents

Prologue

1.Thomas Aquinas
1.1 Scientia Dei and Creation
1.2 Creation and Human Production
1.3 Making and the Analogy of Being

2. Nicolaus Cusanus
2.1 The Dramatic Setting of the Idiota de Mente
2.2 Construction as Manifestation of Forms Through Image-Making
2.3 Constructions of Reason
2.4 The Activity of Mens: Vis Assimilativa and the Construction of Concepts
2.5 Activo Creatio Humanitatis: Making as Imaging of the Divine Exemplar

3. Francis Bacon
3.1 The Baconian Factum
3.2 Induction as Constructive Method
3.3 Limits on Human Making: Bacon's Forms
3.4 For and Against Bacon

4. René Descartes
4.1 The Cartesian Factum
4.2 Representation as Artifacts Made from Simple Nature
4.3 The Constitution of Simple Natures
4.4 Construction in the Determination of Quaestiones
4.5 The Division of the Cartesian Inheritance

5. Thomas Hobbes
5.1 The Making of Geometrical Definitions
5.2 The Commonwealth as Feat of Technical Making
5.3 Science and Power

6. Giambattista Vico
6.1 Making and Truth
6.2 Abstraction and Creation
6.3 Making Within Metaphysics
6.4 Making as Imaginative Mythopoesis
6.5 Making as the Creation of Elements
6.6 Making as Composition from Elements

Epilogue

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