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Minority Report: Re-Reading Gilgamesh After Levinas, Francis Dominic Degnin Jul 2016

Minority Report: Re-Reading Gilgamesh After Levinas, Francis Dominic Degnin

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The Epic of Gilgamesh attempts to answer the question of how, given the finality of death, one might find meaning and happiness in life. Many commentators argue that the text provides two separate, although ultimately unsatisfactory, alternatives. What these commentators appear to miss, however, is the possibility that these two solutions may not be separate. Using Levinas’s distinction between “need” and “desire,” I argue that, by the end of the Epic, they may in fact be synthesized into a single solution, one that suggests the priority of an affective moral grounding as prior to and more fundamental than intellectual ...


A True Word?: Scripture, Authority, And The Question Of Truth, Alan G. Padgett Jan 2015

A True Word?: Scripture, Authority, And The Question Of Truth, Alan G. Padgett

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Time, History, And Providence In The Philosophy Of Nicholas Of Cusa, Jason Aleksander May 2014

Time, History, And Providence In The Philosophy Of Nicholas Of Cusa, Jason Aleksander

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Although Nicholas of Cusa occasionally discussed how the universe must be understood as the unfolding of the absolutely infinite in time, he left open questions about any distinction between natural time and historical time, how either notion of time might depend upon the nature of divine providence, and how his understanding of divine providence relates to other traditional philosophical views. From texts in which Cusanus discussed these questions, this paper will attempt to make explicit how Cusanus understood divine providence. The paper will also discuss how Nicholas of Cusa’s view of the question of providence might shed light on ...


The Problem Of Temporality In The Literary Framework Of Nicholas Of Cusa’S De Pace Fidei, Jason Aleksander Jan 2014

The Problem Of Temporality In The Literary Framework Of Nicholas Of Cusa’S De Pace Fidei, Jason Aleksander

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This paper explores Nicholas of Cusa’s framing of the De pace fidei as a dialogue taking place incaelo rationis. On the one hand, this framing allows Nicholas of Cusa to argue that all religious rites presuppose the truth of a single, unified faith and so temporally manifest divine logos in a way accommodated to the historically unique conventions of different political communities. On the other hand, at the end of the De pace fidei, the interlocutors in the heavenly dialogue are enjoined to return to earth and lead their countrymen in a gradual conversion to the acceptance of rites ...


You, Your Neurons, And Free Will: Concerns About Reductionism And The Popularization Of Cognitive Science, Karl G. D. Bailey Jan 2013

You, Your Neurons, And Free Will: Concerns About Reductionism And The Popularization Of Cognitive Science, Karl G. D. Bailey

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Practical Objectivity: Keeping Natural Science Natural, Alan G. Padgett Jan 2012

Practical Objectivity: Keeping Natural Science Natural, Alan G. Padgett

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Dante’S Understanding Of The Two Ends Of Human Desire And The Relationship Between Philosophy And Theology, Jason Aleksander Apr 2011

Dante’S Understanding Of The Two Ends Of Human Desire And The Relationship Between Philosophy And Theology, Jason Aleksander

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I discuss Dante’s understanding that human existence is “ordered by two final goals” and how this understanding defines philosophy’s and theology’s respective scopes of authority in guiding human conduct. I show that, while Dante devalues the philosophical authority associated with the traditional Aristotelian emphasis on the significance of contemplative activity, he does so in order to highlight philosophy’s ethico-political authority to guide human conduct toward its “earthly beatitude.” Moreover, I argue that, although Dante subordinates earthly beatitude to spiritual beatitude, he nonetheless maintains that philosophy’s authority to reveal a path to spiritual beatitude requires its ...


Forgiveness As New Creation: Christ And The Moral Life Revisited, Lois E. Malcolm Jan 2010

Forgiveness As New Creation: Christ And The Moral Life Revisited, Lois E. Malcolm

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God And Time: Relative Timelessness Reconsidered, Alan G. Padgett Jan 2010

God And Time: Relative Timelessness Reconsidered, Alan G. Padgett

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The Trinity In Theology And Philosophy: Why Jerusalem Should Work With Athens, Alan G. Padgett Jan 2009

The Trinity In Theology And Philosophy: Why Jerusalem Should Work With Athens, Alan G. Padgett

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Is The Automobile Essential To Freedom?: Yes!, Rolf A. Jacobson Jul 2008

Is The Automobile Essential To Freedom?: Yes!, Rolf A. Jacobson

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Angels As Spiritual Guides, David San Filippo Ph.D. Jan 2006

Angels As Spiritual Guides, David San Filippo Ph.D.

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The existence of angels has been discussed for centuries in legendary, philosophical, and religious writings. Many people have reported encounters with angels at different times in their life. Near-death research has recorded angelic encounters, during near-death experiences, by describing encounters with beings of light or angelic forms recognizable to the experiencer. This essay will discuss some legendary, theological, and philosophical beliefs that support the belief in the reality of angels as messengers, guides, and guardians to human beings and their function as spiritual guides during near-death experiences.


The Relationship Between Theology And Philosophy: Constructing A Christian Worldview, Alan G. Padgett Jan 2006

The Relationship Between Theology And Philosophy: Constructing A Christian Worldview, Alan G. Padgett

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Stem Cell Research?: Yes--Out Of Love For The Neighbor, Alan G. Padgett Oct 2003

Stem Cell Research?: Yes--Out Of Love For The Neighbor, Alan G. Padgett

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No abstract provided.