Reason and the Heart
A Prolegomenon to a Critique of Passional Reason 1st New edition
By (author) William J. Wainwright
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Reason and the Heart by William J. Wainwright
Book DescriptionBetween the opposing claims of reason and religious subjectivity may be a middle ground, William J. Wainwright argues. His book is a philosophical reflection on the role of emotion in guiding reason. There is evidence, he contends, that reason functions properly only when informed by a rightly disposed heart.The idea of passional reason, so rarely discussed today, once dominated religious reflection, and Wainwright pursues it through the writings of three of its past proponents: Jonathan Edwards, John Henry Newman, and William James. He focuses on Edwards, whose work typifies the Christian perspective on religious reasoning and the heart. Then, in his discussion of Newman and James, Wainwright shows how the emotions participate in non-religious reasoning. Finally he takes up the challenges most often posed to notions of passional reason: that such views justify irrationality and wishful thinking, that they can't be defended without circularity, and that they lead to relativism. His response to these charges culminates in an eloquent and persuasive defense of the claim that reason functions best when influenced by the appropriate emotions, feelings, and intuitions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801473487
(229mm x 152mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William J. Wainwright
Reason, Revelation, and Devotion, Paperback (December 2015)
The book presents a novel defense of the beneficial epistemic effect that extra logical features can have on the assessment of religious arguments.
Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion, Paperback (July 2007)
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion contains newly commissioned chapters by 21 prominent experts who cover the field in a comprehensive but accessible manner. Each chapter is expository, critical, and representative of a distinctive viewpoint.
Philosophy of Religion, Paperback (July 1998)» View all books by William J. Wainwright
An accessible introduction to the topic with essays covering religious pluralism, teleological and moral arguments for God's existence, and the problem of evil.
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