Philosophy - Ideas

Ludwig Wittgenstein. Part 2.

By Stephen Mulhall

Stephen Mulhall discusses Ludwig Wittgenstein's significance for theology.

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a Austrian born British philosopher of logic, mind, math and language. His interest was in the relationship between thought, language and reality. He rejected the idea that language is essentially representation but argued rather that 'language games' form part of reality. Thinking via language is therefore not a private matter but accessible only by taking part in community.

Friedrich Schleiermacher and His Theology. Part 1.

By Paul Nimmo

Paul Nimmo introduces Schleiermacher and his intellectual context and early theology.

Friedrich Schleiermacher was a German theologian, philosopher and biblical scholar. Sometimes referred to as the Father of Modern Theology, he attempted to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with Protestant Christianity. He emphasised the role of emotion and imagination in cognition and volition, arguing that the highest form of this is religious and results in an awareness of absolute dependence on God.

Friedrich Schleiermacher. Part 2.

By Paul Nimmo

Paul Nimmo discusses Schleiermacher's mature theology.

Friedrich Schleiermacher was a German theologian, philosopher and biblical scholar. Sometimes referred to as the Father of Modern Theology, he attempted to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with Protestant Christianity. He emphasised the role of emotion and imagination in cognition and volition, arguing that the highest form of this is religious and results in an awareness of absolute dependence on God.

Nouvelle Theology, Henri de Lubac and Radical Othodoxy.

By Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver introduces radical orthodoxy and its origins in nouvelle theologie and Henri de Lubac.

Henri de Lubac was a French Jesuit priest and theologian. He challenged the separation that had developed between nature and grace and between reason and faith. He sought to renew and revitalise the eucharistic and social thinking of the church, which he viewed should be anticipating the Kingdom.

Radical Orthodoxy. Part 1.

By Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver discusses John Milbank and the Origins of the Secular.

Radical Orthodoxy. Part 2.

By Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver concludes his discussion on radical orthodoxy.

The Thoughts and Works of John Locke

By John Perry

John Perry discusses the thoughts and works of John Locke trough the three questions that Locke endeavours to address: What should I believe? (Epistemology) What should I do? (Ethics) and How should we live together? (Politics).

John Locke was an English philosopher who also wrote widely on education, economics, theology and medicine. He is best known for his Two Treatises of Government and Essay Concerning Human Understanding. His work is characterised by opposition to authoritarianism and an approach to the collection and classification of knowledge, which has come to be known as empiricism.

The Psychoanalytical Philosophy of Jacques Lacan

By Marcus Pound

Marcus Pound discusses how Jacques Lacan took the psychoanalyst thoughts of Freud and developed them by establishing an approach that saw the unconscious structured like a language.

Jacques Lacan was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. His writings began as an exploration of Freud but developed into a new psychoanalytic theory. He emphasised the primacy of language in constituting the unconscious and applied structural linguistics to psychoanalysis. He was unorthodox and controversial in his therapeutic methods.

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