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Title:
Grace and philosophy : understanding a gratuitous world / Hunter Brown.
ISBN:
9780773556591

9780773556584
Publication Information:
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
158 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Gratuity and philosophy -- Gratuity and religion -- Understanding gratuity -- Modern philosophy -- The return to life.
Abstract:
"Philosophy has traditionally engaged the question of why there is something rather than nothing as a normal causal question. Such an approach, Hunter Brown proposes in Grace and Philosophy, does not do justice to the deep wonder and astonishment that the existence of the world elicits so widely among human beings. Such wonder has often been expressed in artistic and literary ways, including especially the language of grace which captures the striking gratuity of existence and the spontaneous, grateful response so often evoked by it. Since the modern period, however, Brown argues, there has been a questionable narrowing of philosophy which privileges formal reasoning and theory over an engagement of immediate experience. Detached expertise, impersonal scholarship, and preoccupation with data have swept aside simple wonderment about the extraordinary gratuity of existence, and the remarkable ways in which such wonderment has been expressed. Against the grain of such widespread developments Grace and Philosophy proposes a perspective that maintains a place of importance in philosophy for such wonder and for the many forms in which it has manifested itself."-- Provided by publisher.
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