God and Space-Time: Deity in the Philosophy of Samuel Alexander

God and Space-Time: Deity in the Philosophy of Samuel Alexander

God and Space-Time: Deity in the Philosophy of Samuel Alexander

God and Space-Time: Deity in the Philosophy of Samuel Alexander

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In an article evaluating philosophic trends toward Neo-Realism in Britain and the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century, R. F. Alfred Hoernlé stated:

To make a Neo-Realist, very little is needed; least of all any excursions into the realm of religion.

Hoernl6 implied that British and American Neo- Realism had occupied itself with epistemological discussions challenging the older idealistic conceptions of knowledge, but had done little to elaborate a distinctive philosophy of religion beyond the "marriage of Naturalism and Philanthropy which was characteristic already of Comte and Mill and the 'religion of humanity.'" Ralph Barton Perry may be presumed to agree with Hoernlé in his general estimate of the services rendered to the philosophy of religion by idealism:

Indeed, during the last century, idealism has almost alone defended the citadel of religious philosophy from this most powerful and vicious adversary.

Perry's reference to "this most powerful and vicious . . .

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