Varieties of Transcendental Experience: A Study in Constructive Postmodernism

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This study traces the critique of Enlightenment modernism that began with Ralph Waldo Emerson and culminated in the thought of Charles Sanders Peirce and the mature Josiah Royce. Varieties of Transcendental Experience argues that these thinkers provide a constructive alternative to deconstructionist postmodernism that is compatible with the Christian faith.

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Overview

This study traces the critique of Enlightenment modernism that began with Ralph Waldo Emerson and culminated in the thought of Charles Sanders Peirce and the mature Josiah Royce. Varieties of Transcendental Experience argues that these thinkers provide a constructive alternative to deconstructionist postmodernism that is compatible with the Christian faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556355707
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 376

Meet the Author

Donald L. Gelpi, SJ, has been teaching historical and systematic theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley since 1973. The author of many books and articles, his most recent titles include The Firstborn of Many: A Christology for Converting Christians, The Turn to Experience in Contemporary Theology, and Committed Worship: A Sacramental Theology for Converting Christians.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Enlightenment, Modernity, and Postmodernity
Pt. 1 Enlightenment Religion
Ch. 1 The Emergence of Enlightenment Religion: Benjamin Franklin 3
Ch. 2 The Religion of Revolution 19
Ch. 3 Militant Deism 45
Ch. 4 The Unitarian Compromise 59
Ch. 5 Religion, Enlightenment, and Modernism in Young America 73
Pt. 2 The Transcendental Critique of American Modernity
Ch. 6 The Transcendental Revolt: The Three Faces of Ralph Waldo Emerson 87
Ch. 7 Absolute Religion: Theodore Parker and the Foundations of Enlightenment Fundamentalism 135
Ch. 8 Orestes Augustus Brownson: Synthetic Faith 153
Pt. 3 From Transcendentalism to Pragmatism
Ch. 9 Francis Ellingwood Abbot: Scientific Theism 199
Ch. 10 Charles Sanders Peirce: Pragmatic Theism 227
Ch. 11 Josiah Royce: Absolute Pragmatism 289
Ch. 12 Toward a Constructive Postmodernism 339
Index 351
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