Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham

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JHU Press, 29/08/2003 - 285 páginas

In this book noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle brings back a lost and crucial dimension of political theory: the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Focusing on the chapters of Genesis in which the foundation of the Bible is laid, Pangle provides an interpretive reading illuminated by the questions and concerns of the Socratic tradition and its medieval heirs in the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic worlds. He brings into contrast the rival interpretive framework set by the biblical criticism of the modern rationalists Hobbes and Spinoza, along with their heirs from Locke to Hegel. The full meaning of these diverse philosophic responses to the Bible is clarified through a dialogue with hermeneutic discussions by leading political theologians in the Judaic, Muslim, and Christian traditions, from Josephus and Augustine to our day. Profound and subtle in its argument, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion but also to thoughtful readers in every walk of life who seek to deepen their understanding of the perplexing relationship between religious faith and philosophic reason.

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Índice

The Twofold Account of Creation and the Hermeneutical Problem
17
Creation and the Meaning of Divine Omnipotence
29
The Ontological Implications of the Unfolding of Creation for Creatures and Creator
48
Creation and Divine Solicitude for Mankind
58
Creation and the Meaning of Good and Evil
71
Pollution and Purgation
103
Abram from the Calling to the Covenant
127
Abraham at the Peak
152
Kierkegaards Challenge
170
Conclusion
180
Notes
183
Works Cited
263
Index
277
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Thomas L. Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His many acclaimed publications include The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age; The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke; and Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism.

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