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Wonder, Value and God

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 07/2016
Edizione: 1° edizione

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This book relates the value present in the natural world and in human creativity to an underlying purpose which it traces in creation. It opens by invoking the wonder aroused by nature's value and celebrated by poets, and moves to a cosmic purpose as the best explanation of this value. Natural evils are considered and set in their evolutionary context. Human creativity is later related to inspiration, and to traditional theistic teaching about the purpose of human life. Criticisms of "the value approach" are considered, together with the quest for meaning, and fears that Darwinism undermines it, which are found to be illusory. New ground is broken through this response to the spectre of bleakness. The author's previous studies of meaningful work are applied to the question of the nature of a worthwhile life and life's meaning. While the world's value is argued to point to creation by a transcendent lover of value, human beings are shown to be capable of augmenting that value through their creativity (not least through activities such as craftsmanship and gardening). In integrating the themes of value, creativity and purpose, the book contributes a new synthesis to the literature of philosophy, environmental studies and theology.


1 Wonder and value 2 The nature and location of value 3 Meaning, meaningful work and spectres of bleakness 4 Worthwhile life and meaning 5 The argument from value 6 Disvalue 7 Panentheism 8 Morality and value 9 Embodiments of value in nature and society 10 Creativity and inspiration in art, music, literature and science 11 Fulfilling our purpose


Robin Attfield taught philosophy at Cardiff University full-time from 1968 to 2009 and was a doctoral supervisor from 2009 to 2012. He has been a Professor of Philosophy since 1991. In 2008 he was awarded a DLitt by Cardiff University for contributions to Environmental Philosophy. His nine monographs include Creation, Evolution and Meaning, published in 2006, as well ashis best-selling textbook Environmental Ethics (2003 and 2014), hailed by Dieter Birnbacher as the best introduction to the subject so far.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology
Dimensioni: 9.25 x 6.25 in Ø 0.95 lb
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 204

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