FAITH AND REASON: Essays in the Philosophy of Religion by R. G. Collingwood by Lionel-Ed. Rubinoff

FAITH AND REASON: Essays in the Philosophy of Religion by R. G. Collingwood

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R.G. Collingwood, although he is best known for his philosophy of history, was also greatly concerned with the philosophy of religion. Indeed, much of his work had as its object to demonstrate that religion is not, in its essence, merely the expression of an emotional need, but that it was as ""philosophical""--i.e., as rational--as the social or physical sciences. The purpose of this collection is to bring together Collingwood's most important contributions on that subject. The selections are divided into four groups: ""Religion as Reason,"" dealing with the relationship between religion and science, philosophy, morality, and history; ""Religion as a Scale of Forms,"" which studies the transition from the state of abstract reason to that of a concrete form and the dialectical relationship between faith and reason; ""Religion as Philosophical Anthropology,"" discussing intersubjectivity and personal identity, and religion as self-knowledge; ""Religion and Absolute Spirit,"" or philosophy as immanence-transcendence, the interdependence of the ""new idealism"" and mysticism, and the inseparability of reason and life. The book represents a closely knit synthetic approach to Collingwood's thought, and the lacunae which are inevitable in any such collection are, in this case, more than adequately compensated for by Professor Rubinoff's introductions and commentaries. Faith and Reason, obviously, is for the professional philosopher and theologian, but within these limits the book is an unusually Valuable contribution.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Quadrangle