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Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

The Presence of God and the Presence of Persons

Authors: Kellenberger, James

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  • Offers the first philosophical treatment of the presence of God and the presence of persons as analogues of one another
  • Systematically and methodically tracks the parallels between the two phenomena
  • Proposes the 'death of God' as analogous to the 'death persons', felt as a loss of the sense of the inherent worth of persons and their presence
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This book treats the presence of God and the presence of persons. The experience of the presence of God is a well-recognized religious experience in theistic traditions. The experience of the presence of persons, this book argues, is an analogous moral experience. As it is possible for individuals to come into the presence of God – to have this phenomenal experience – so it is possible for them to come into the presence of persons.

Kellenberger explores how coming into the presence of persons is structurally analogous with coming into the presence of God. Providing a highly focused analysis of the two seemingly distinct concepts, normally thought to fall under different subfields of philosophy, the chapters carefully draw paralells between them. Kellenberger then goes on show how, analogous to “the death of God,” a loss of the consciousness of the reality of God and his presence, is a “death of persons”, felt as a loss of the sense of the inherent worth of persons and their presence. This volume finishes with an examination of the concrete moral and religio-ethical implications of coming into the presence of persons, and in particular the implications of coming into the presence of all persons. 

About the authors

James Kellenberger is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge, USA. His previous books include Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, Dying to Self and Detachment, and, most recently, The Asymptote of Love and Religion, Pacifism, and Nonviolence.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 52,74 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25044-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Presence of God and the Presence of Persons
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25045-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25045-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25044-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 99
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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