Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture

The Death of Metaphysics; The Death of Culture

Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality

Editors: Cherry, Mark J. (Ed.)

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The Latin root of the English word culture ties together both worship and the tilling of the soil. In each case, the focus is the same: a rightly-directed culture produces either a bountiful harvest or falls short of the mark, materially or spiritually. This volume critically explores the nature and depth of our contemporary cultural crisis: its lack of traditional orientation and moral understanding. Prime among the issues at stake are the meaning and significance of birth, copulation, suffering, and death, expressed in debates regarding human embryo-experimentation and stem cell research, the character of moral and scientific norms, as well as more fundamentally, the character of an adequate epistemology for coming to appreciate the deep nature of reality and its normative implications. Given varying background ontological, epistemological, and axiological presuppositions, different moral positions and political objections will appear as not merely morally permissible but as socially and politically obligatory. The volume is addressed to philosophers, theologians, bioethicists and public policy professionals as it critically assesses the increasing void between the traditional Christian metaphysical and moral understandings that guided the flourishing of Christian culture and today’s very secular, and frequently empty, cultural backdrop.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • A ccepting God's Offer of Personal Communion in the Words and Deeds of Christ, Handed on in the Body of Christ, His Church

    Pages 3-29

    Lee, Patrick

  • Whose Nature? Natural Law in a Pluralistic World

    Pages 31-39

    Wildes, Kevin Wm.

  • Intellectual Virtues and the Prospects of A Christian Epistemology

    Pages 41-69

    Wood, W. Jay, Ph.D.

  • God Manifested in God's Works: The Knowledge of God in the Reformed Tradition

    Pages 71-97

    Zachman, Randall C.

  • Holy Knowing: A Wesleyan Epistemology

    Pages 99-132

    Thobaben, James R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Death of Metaphysics; The Death of Culture
Book Subtitle
Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality
Editors
  • Mark J. Cherry
Series Title
Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4621-6
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4621-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4620-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7155-2
Series ISSN
0928-9518
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 280
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