Building on the philosophies of the social sciences and of religion, the book is concerned with the interplay between the inner powers of individuals and the structures of their societies and also with how these inner powers affect how they see outer realities. Dorothy Emmet looks at persons in a world of impersonal processes. She is critical of the notion of a personal God, but sees the emergence of personal activities as constrained but also sustained through 'an enabling universe'.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 1998|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Dorothy Emmet is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Manchester.
Table of ContentsPreface Acknowledgements A Philosopher Among the Anthropologists Some Functions of Ritual The Limits of Function Religious Sociology Hunted Universes The Greater Haunting: A Personal God? 'The Ground of Being' Coleridge on Inner Powers An Enabling Universe Index