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AuthorBrabander, Renรฉ Firmin de. author
TitleReligion and Human Autonomy [electronic resource] : Henry Dumรฉry's Philosophy of Christianity / by Renรฉ Firmin de Brabander
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript 200 p. online resource


For most of its career philosophy of religion has been a controversial disยญ cipline: it has usually ended up becoming a substitute for what it set out to explain. Born out of the religious scepticism of the late seventeenth century it remained for many years what it was to Hume and Lessing: an instrument for criticizing rather than for interpreting faith. Gradually the hostility subsided, but not the tendency to reduce. Nearly each one of the great names in this area represents a theory that goes "beyond" faith. Phenomenology changed that situation. Conceived for accurate underยญ standing of acts and meanings rather than for the building of vast syntheยญ ses, its method was more apt to yield understanding than criticism. Moreover, by distinguishing the ideal meanings from the psychic realities of the act, it chased its followers from the quagmire of psychic genesis, causal justification and rational "proof" of the religious object, and forced them to concentrate on the intentional terminus of the experience


I Freedom and Religion -- Section I: Posing the problem -- II Search for a Method to be Used in the Philosophical Study of Religion -- Section I: Method of explication and method of confrontation -- a) Stating the problem -- b) The method of explication -- c) The method of confrontation -- III Dumรฉry's Religious Philosophy. The Spirit as Constitutive Exigency of the Absolute -- Section I: Transition from method to doctrine -- IV Dumรฉry's Philosophy of Religion: Critique of the Categories and Schemes which Express the Spirit's Constitutive Exigency of the Transordinal One -- Section I: The scheme of transcendence and the category of the Absolute -- a) Scope of the reflective critique in general and of the critique of the attributes in particular -- b) Henological redemption of the scheme of transcendence and the category of the absolute -- c) Henology and negative theology -- Epilogue: Human Autonomy and Finitude

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