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The Cosmology of Freedom / Edition 1

The Cosmology of Freedom / Edition 1

by Robert Cummings Neville


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ISBN-13: 9780791427583
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Edition description: New ed
Pages: 385
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Robert Cummings Neville is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University where he is also Dean of the School of Theology. He is past president of the American Academy of Religion, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the International Society for Chinese Philosophy. Neville has also written Behind the Masks of God: An Essay Toward Comparative Theology; New Essays in Metaphysics; The Puritan Smile: A Look Toward Moral Reflection; The Tao and the Daimon; Eternity and Time's Flow; God the Creator: On the Transcendence and Presence of God; The Highroad Around Modernism; Reconstruction of Thinking; Recovery of the Measure: Interpretation and Nature; A Theology Primer; Normative Cultures; and The Truth of Broken Symbols, all published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition


Part 1: Freedom and Cosmology

1. Freedom as an Intellectual Problem

The Task

The Hypothesis


Freedom and Theory

2. The Cosmological Scheme

Metaphysical Categories

Cosmological Categories


3. A General Theory of Value

The Dialectical Question of Value


Aristotelian Criticism and the Paradoxes of Participation

Experiential Evidence

Part 2: Personal Freedom

Preliminary Remarks

4. External Liberties

Internal and External


Discursive Individuals

Organisms and Persons

External Liberties

5. Intentional Action

Freedom and Free Will




6. Free Choice

Determinism and Alternatives for Choice

Possibilities and Potentialities


Determinism and Conditions of Choice



7. Freedom in Creativity

The Discernment of Values

Normative Invention

Creativity and Personal Freedom

Part 3: Social Freedom

Preliminary Remarks

8. Freedom of Opportunity

Social Values

Values, Rights, and Freedoms

Freedom to Participate in Culture

Freedom to Participate in Organized Society

Freedom of Historical Action

9. Freedom of Social Pluralism

The Public and the Private

Dewey's Public and McLuhan's Media

The Environment-Creativity Thesis

The Right to Privacy

Social Pluralism

10. Freedom of Integral Social Life

Social Conditions

Social Meaning

Social Change, Revolution, and New Sensibilities

A Pluralistic Style of Integral Social Life

11. Freedom of Political Life

The Principle of Participatory Democracy

Power, Conflict, and Social Change

Wisdom, Authority, and Expertise

Institutions and Government

The Limits of Freedom

Bibliographical Essay


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