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Kierkegaard & Natural Religion, William Stewart May 1988

Kierkegaard & Natural Religion, William Stewart

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

According to Kierkegaard, the knowledge of God begins with the recognition of various truths about oneself. Every individual, just by virtue of being human, has the capacity to develop an intuitive awareness of God. In this thesis, I explore the nature of this knowledge. In chapter one, I introduce a number of ideas important for understanding Kierkegaard's phenomenology of religious belief, including his distinction between objective and subjective reflection, his method (indirect communication), and his psychology. The first chapter concludes with a description of the range or domain of "natural religion." In the next chapter, I analyze the structural ...


Superior Instants: Religious Concerns In The Poetry Of Emily Dickinson, Elisabeth Buckner Jul 1985

Superior Instants: Religious Concerns In The Poetry Of Emily Dickinson, Elisabeth Buckner

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

When I decided to write a thesis on Emily Dickinson's poetry, my intention was to show that she did, indeed, implement a concrete philosophy into her poetry. However, after several months of research, I realized that this poet's philosophy was ongoing and sometimes inconsistent. Emily Dickinson never discovered the answers to all of her religious and spiritual questions although she devoted her entire life to that pursuit. What Dickinson did discover was that orthodox religion had no place in her heart or mind and she must make her own choices where God was concerned. Immortality was an intense ...


Analogues Between The Homeric & Preoperational Conceptions Of Mind, Robert Taylor Nov 1981

Analogues Between The Homeric & Preoperational Conceptions Of Mind, Robert Taylor

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Jean Piaget and Eric Havelock are two writers who have essentially identical conceptions of the nature and development of ideas and the mind. This essential identity is the case even though Piaget is studying the cognitive development of the individual preoperational child, while Havelock is studying the development of the Homeric Greek mind and ideas in relation to the oral processes of communication which existed in Homeric Greece. Both the Homeric and the preoperational conceptions of the mind are examined in regard to the content and form of their ideas, as well as to the mechanisms of their development.

Both ...


Ua12/2/1 February Magazine, Wku Student Affairs Feb 1981

Ua12/2/1 February Magazine, Wku Student Affairs

WKU Archives Records

Special issue of the College Heights Herald featuring these articles:

  • Kirtley, Marian. No Solace in Change
  • Wheeler, Fred. Guy’s & Dolls – Billiards
  • Pinkston, Janet. An Ordered Life – St. Mark’s Priory
  • Bloss, Lou. Service Experience – Veterans


The Edifying Influence Of Soren Kierkegaard, Alan Dunn Jun 1980

The Edifying Influence Of Soren Kierkegaard, Alan Dunn

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Soren Kierkegaard is presented as a Christian corrective to nineteenth century idealism. The nature of idealism is described as it arises in Hegelianism, the ecclesiastical structure, and the cultural setting. The Hegelian ontology of "pure thought," the principle of "mediation," and the striving for "objectivity" are presented as the fundamental obstacles to the assimilation of Christianity. Kierkegaard approaches these issues maieutically. This method is discussed as it relates to the author and his works. The stages of existence (i.e. Aesthetic, Ethical, Religiousness A, and Religiousness B) are described in relation to Kierkegaard's maieutical approach. Kierkegaard's Christological concern ...


An Examination Of Scholarly Perspective, Religiosity And Factors Which Lead To Religious Change, Paul Fehrmann Dec 1979

An Examination Of Scholarly Perspective, Religiosity And Factors Which Lead To Religious Change, Paul Fehrmann

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

As a replication and expansion of work done by Alsdurf (1977), the relations between religiosity, commitment to scholarly openness and reasons for religious change were examined through a survey of 146 students attending a South-central university. A discussion of logical and empirical studies was presented to help clarify the theses under examination, and it was maintained that this study was primarily concerned with empirical relationships. A negative correlation was obtained between scholarly openness and religiosity for the total population studied, but the correlation was weak. In contrast to expectations, a significant negative correlation between scholarly openness and religiosity was not ...


The Pragmatic Evolution Of America & The Role Of The Intellectual, Michael Draper Nov 1979

The Pragmatic Evolution Of America & The Role Of The Intellectual, Michael Draper

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The intent of this thesis is to examine a portion of the thought and historical events which contributed to the development of the United States as a pragmatic nation, and the resulting influence upon its intellectual attitudes. The pragmatic evolution of America is a logical consequence, given the backgrounds and circumstances of those people who first settled this land. The founders of this country were, for the most part, members of the poor, working class who had grown up under governments adhering to strict caste societies and religious domination by their rulers. They held a common belief in a work ...


The Tradition Of Qoheleth: A Study Of The Background To The Book Of Ecclesiastes, John Orndorff Jul 1979

The Tradition Of Qoheleth: A Study Of The Background To The Book Of Ecclesiastes, John Orndorff

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The book of Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) is perhaps the most intriguing book in the Old Testament. Readers of every age can appreciate its theme, dealing with the futility of seeking to uncover life’s mystery. Yet Qoheleth has been interpreted in many different ways. The interpretations have ranged from tragic pessimism to a triumph of piety over skepticism. It is the contention of this thesis that a proper perspective on Qoheleth’s intention can best be gained in terms of the author’s use of tradition.

Qoheleth displays an awareness of such Hebrew traditions as Wisdom, the Pentateuch, Israelite history and ...


Robert Coover's Vision Of Man As Games Player: An Aesthetic, Philosophical & Theological Critique, Ronald Nutter Aug 1978

Robert Coover's Vision Of Man As Games Player: An Aesthetic, Philosophical & Theological Critique, Ronald Nutter

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Robert Coover is one of a group of young American novelists who, using philosophical and theological frameworks, have used literature as a vehicle by which to exp7ore metaphysical areas that have been largely ignored in recent decades. An abiding interest in Coover's fiction, as befits a former philosophy professor (Bard College), is the whole question of order vs. chaos, or, perhaps more appropriately, an Apollonian vs. a Dionysian world view. In approaching this subject Coover poses important questions to his reader -- questions dealing with our ways of experiencing and thinking, questions examining our secular and religious institutions, questions spotlighting ...


Ua35/11 Student Honors Research Bulletin, Wku Honors Program Jan 1978

Ua35/11 Student Honors Research Bulletin, Wku Honors Program

WKU Archives Records

Papers representative of the variety of scholarly research conducted at WKU.

  • Adams, Kathy. The Appalachian Language
  • Barnett, Philip. A Study of Deviant Behavior of XYY Individuals in Regard to Environment and Genotype
  • Bell, Brooks. Loving, Loyal Linda Loman: An Interpretive Note
  • Danhauer, Janice. Motivating Workers Through Job Design
  • Davis, Barbara. The Transformation of a Man into a Man of Understanding in Murinbata Society
  • Davis, Diane. The Argot of the Homosexual
  • Jewell, Teresa. The Life Story of the Hero of World War I - Sergeant Alvin C. York
  • Lanham, Wayne. Das Knarrenschiff and a Ship of Fools: A Study in Influence
  • Maerker ...


Critique Of Feuerbach's Philosophical & Theological Concepts Of God & Man, David Draper May 1977

Critique Of Feuerbach's Philosophical & Theological Concepts Of God & Man, David Draper

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

In the critique of Ludwig Feuerbach's identification of the nature of man and of the nature of God, it is seen that his ideas stem from some aspects of Hegelian philosophy. Feuerbach's thought revolves around his conception of man. He believed, after much study, that he perceived in Hegelian philosophy a portrait of man that was veiled by Hegel's mystical concept of Absolute Mind. If, Feuerbach thought, one could strip away the idealistic tendencies of Hegelianism, then one would be left with a true picture of man. He reversed Hegelian thought and re - postulated man in his ...


The Fundamental Reality In The Ontology Of African People, Charles Ereraina Osume May 1976

The Fundamental Reality In The Ontology Of African People, Charles Ereraina Osume

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

“The fundamental reality in the ontology of African people” is an effort to alert the reader to a crucial omission in most contemporary studies on the religion or culture of African people. The majority of the current anthropologists (scholars in the field of contemporary religions) only make a passing reference to the spirit beings that infest the world of traditional Africa.

Apart from inadequate attempts to psychologize the religions of pre-literary man, investigators of pre-scientific cultures have for the most part been unable to account for the unflinching loyalty and meticulous devotion of traditional man to spirit beings. The reason ...


Ua68/1 Forum, Wku Potter College Of Arts & Letters Mar 1976

Ua68/1 Forum, Wku Potter College Of Arts & Letters

WKU Archives Records

WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters faculty newsletter regarding faculty research and publications. This issue includes:

  • Mounce, Robert. Values and the Liberal Arts
  • Roberts, Bob. Snake Handling & Plato, Indeed
  • McMahon, William. The Honey of Honor Comes and Goes


Ua35/11 Student Honors Bulletin, Vol. Iv, Wku Honors Program Jan 1976

Ua35/11 Student Honors Bulletin, Vol. Iv, Wku Honors Program

WKU Archives Records

The articles, all papers done for classes in the university honors program, are divided into three groups. The first group deals with science, especially the area of health care, one of the more practical applications of science in the modern age. The second group consists of three papers done for honor courses in which the major purpose was to expose the student to new areas of consciousness and have them respond orally and verbally to what they read, creative writing. The last group deals with the humanities, literature and religion, two of the more popular fields of the humanities today ...


Ua68/1 Forum, Wku Potter College Of Arts & Letters Oct 1975

Ua68/1 Forum, Wku Potter College Of Arts & Letters

WKU Archives Records

WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters faculty newsletter regarding faculty research and publications. This issue includes:

  • Clarke, Kenneth. Snake Handling & Plato: Identifying Academic Folklore
  • Mayhew, Larry. John T. Stahl, obituary


An Existential Appraisal Of Selected Nigerian Fiction, Jim Nesin Omatseye May 1975

An Existential Appraisal Of Selected Nigerian Fiction, Jim Nesin Omatseye

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

One of the two aims of this research was to elucidate from a philosophical perspective a selected body of Nigerian fiction. The second objective has been to investigate the dominant themes of the two selected novelists and relate them to existentialism.

The most essential theme was found to be colonialism and its disruption of the African culture. It was implied in the works of the novelists that authentic African culture was dislocated by British imperialism in Nigeria. The use of force and other features of power was manifested in the takeover. Through various literary devices and innuendo they suggest that ...


Tradition And Chance In The Indo-Anglican Novels Of The Post-Independence Era, Margaret Lindley Koch Dec 1974

Tradition And Chance In The Indo-Anglican Novels Of The Post-Independence Era, Margaret Lindley Koch

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The theme of the conflict of old and new, tradition and modernity, east and west in contemporary India has been a major concern of many Indo-Anglican novelists of the post-independence era. This study focuses on the reactions of various authors to this theme, as expressed by their treatment of it in the novels.

Four particular aspects of the theme which are explored in the novels, the fate of the family, economic upheaval, a questioning of religion, and the impact of the conflict on the individual person are discussed.

Three reactions to the tension facing contemporary India are expressed by the ...


Ua35/11 Student Honors Research Bulletin, Vol. Ii, Wku Honors Program Jan 1974

Ua35/11 Student Honors Research Bulletin, Vol. Ii, Wku Honors Program

WKU Archives Records

Articles written by honors program students. They were originally research projects, class papers or essays written for academic credit, but in each case the student has done further work editing and improving his or her manuscript for this publication. The articles represent a broad range of interests and disciplines, and they indicate a healthy attempt on the part of at least some students to dig for deeper knowledge and understanding than is usually associated with undergraduate study.

  • Greene, Bruce. The Traditional Fiddle Music of South-Central Kentucky
  • Moody, Marlin. Some Effects of the Herbicide Glyphosate on Johnson Grass Rhizomes
  • Jones, Larry ...


Jacques Maritain: Reflections On Different Kinds Of Knoweldge, Calvin Gelderloss Aug 1973

Jacques Maritain: Reflections On Different Kinds Of Knoweldge, Calvin Gelderloss

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The primary interest in this work is to examine Maritain's solution to this problem in philosophy, and to examine it as it applies to the various kinds of knowledge. Thus, this position will be examined in connection with knowledge in general, or in connection with what might be called common sense knowledge. We will also examine the kinds of knowledge which are proper to the various sciences,2 both speculative and practical. Furthermore, throughout the consideration in this work of Maritain's solution, as it applies to the various kinds of knowledge to be considered, the fundamental involvement of ...


Jean-Paul Sartre’S Theory Of Literature, Timothy Jobe Jul 1973

Jean-Paul Sartre’S Theory Of Literature, Timothy Jobe

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The thesis of this paper is twofold. First, there is the general concern to investigate and demonstrate clearly that there are relationships between certain superficially unrelated disciplines, namely philosophy, aesthetics and literary criticism. Second, by way of accomplishing the first aim, there is an attempt made to synthesize and explicate the contributions of a significant twentieth century intellectual. The particular procedure employed to attain these ends is the consideration of an academic field which is continually being reshaped by other separate but related disciplines. For my purposes the figure of Jean Paul Sartre and the field of literary criticism are ...


Ua35/11 Student Honors Bulletin, Vol. I, No. 1, Wku Honors Program Jan 1973

Ua35/11 Student Honors Bulletin, Vol. I, No. 1, Wku Honors Program

WKU Archives Records

Articles written by honors program students. They were originally research projects, class papers or essays written for academic credit, but in each case the student has done further work editing and improving his or her manuscript for this publication. The articles represent a broad range of interests and disciplines, and they indicate a healthy attempt on the part of at least some students to dig for deeper knowledge and understanding than is usually associated with undergraduate study.

  • Harris, James. The Trent Affair; Restraint vs. Irresponsibility
  • Massey, Scott. Foolishness
  • Oskins, Doug. Reuse of Sewage as a Potable Water Supply
  • Alvey, Richard ...


Libertinism: An Alternative To Traditional Religion, Jerome E. Johnson Apr 1972

Libertinism: An Alternative To Traditional Religion, Jerome E. Johnson

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

In recent years there has been a considerable increase in the amount of empirical research done in the area of the sociology of religion. Most of this type of research has been a gradual attempt of working toward the possibility of establishing a casual relationship between religious beliefs and human social behavior.


Ua35/11 Perspectives On Contemporary Man, Wku Honors Program Oct 1965

Ua35/11 Perspectives On Contemporary Man, Wku Honors Program

WKU Archives Records

Lectures delivered by WKU professors to the Freshman Colloquium in the fall of 1964. The Freshman Honors Colloquium is a special course open only to freshmen students whose test scores, on the battery of tests administered to all entering freshmen, fall in the upper 15% and who graduated in the top quarter of their high school graduating class. The book lists the participants in the colloquium.

Lectures:

  • Bailey, Donald. What is a Man, According to a Biologist?
  • Nash, Ronald. A Philosopher Looks at Man
  • Tachau, Charles. A Theologian Looks at Man
  • Watson, John. A Sociologist Looks at Man
  • Shedd, Charles ...


Moral And Spiritual Values In A High School Anthology Of Literature, Terrence Eugene Kelsay Aug 1960

Moral And Spiritual Values In A High School Anthology Of Literature, Terrence Eugene Kelsay

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

For some years now the need for the emphasis of moral and spiritual values in our public schools has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education. The department has given encouragement to numerous research projects and summer workshops held for the purpose of finding an answer to the problem of emphasizing moral and spiritual values in public education. The concern for this need has informally become known as the “Kentucky Movement.”

This study was not undertaken with the thought of introducing new programs in our high schools. The teaching of moral and spiritual values should be done through the ...


A Suggestive Guide For The Development Of Moral & Spiritual Values In Certain Curriculum Areas In The Elementary School, Belle Burks Jul 1956

A Suggestive Guide For The Development Of Moral & Spiritual Values In Certain Curriculum Areas In The Elementary School, Belle Burks

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Since the beginning of her teaching career, the writer has cherished the hope that the day would come when opportunity and freedom would be given whereby the classroom teacher might saturate her teaching, and that without fear, with those values that exalt and refine the life of each youth that she endeavors to guide. That day has dawned! During recent years seminars, workshops and conferences have been held and the Kentucky program for Moral and Spiritual Education has been recognized as providing a formula which is acceptable to public schools. It is true that spiritual values have always been taught ...


Ua12/2/37 Time, Wku Western Religious Council Oct 1948

Ua12/2/37 Time, Wku Western Religious Council

Student Organizations

Newsletter printed for Christian Emphasis Living Week at WKU. Includes information regarding speakers for conference and schedule of events.


Alexander Campbell In Kentucky, Leo Ashby Jun 1935

Alexander Campbell In Kentucky, Leo Ashby

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The question of religion has caused much strife among mankind in the past, and even the present is not without its spiritual prejudices. In any phase of life the individual who departs too far from the accepted order is almost certain to be brought up sharply against the criticism and even ridicule of his contemporaries.

Alexander Campbell is no exception to this rule. His life was one of strife and conflict in the field of religion. His leadership in the “Reformation Movement” of the early Nineteenth Century has left an indelible impression upon the minds of thousands of men and ...