Tennant's Philosophical Theology

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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION: F. R. Tennant, His Intellectual Background and Affiliations1

From Science to Theology, 1. The Cambridge Background, 2. The Influence of Ward, 3. Points of Agreement, 4. Points of Difference, 8. Eighteenth-Century Affiliations, 9. Nineteenth-Century Evasions, 12. Affinity with Butler, Paley, and Locke, 13.

CHAPTER I: General Exposition of Tennant's Problem and His Answer16

The Problem: The Validity of Theistic Belief, 16. Conception of Religion, 18. Conception of the Philosophy of Religion, 21. Three Reasons for an Empirical Type of Philosophical Theology, 23. The Solution: Two General Channels of Demonstration, 28. I. The Demonstration of the Faith-Element in Scientific Knowledge and its Continuity with Metaphysical and Religious Faith, 29. A. Negative Critique of the Positivist's Conception of Scientific Knowledge, 29. (1) Criticisms Based upon the Logician's Analyses of Induction and Probability, 31. Science Ignores the Human Equation, 33. The Selective Procedure of Science, 34. Implications for Theology, 35. The Necessity for a Psychogcnctic Analysis of Cognition, 36. The Relativity of Knowledge and the Meaning of Phenomenalism, 38. Fluctuating Emphases as the Distinction Between Phenomena and Noumena Is Applied to Opponents, 40. (2) Criticisms of the Positivist's Conception of Scientific Knowledge Based upon a Psychogenetic Analysis of the Stages of the Knowledge Process, 42. (a) The Unsocialized Individual's Acquaintance with Perceptible Private Objects, 43. (b) The Socialized Individual's Conceptual Perception of Public Objects. The Facts of Common Sense and Science, 45. The Faith-Element in Scientific Knowledge, 47. The Case Against Scientific Realism, 48. (c) A Socialized Individual's Speculative Knowledge of Metaphysical Reality, 50. The Activity of the Subject in Cognition; the Categories of Reason, 52. The Nature of Reason, 53. Critique of the Rationalistic Conception of Reason and Nature, 54. The Theological Bearings of Scientific Knowledge, 58. B. Positive Demonstration of the Faith-Element in Knowledge of the Pure Ego, Other Selves, and Substance-Causes,

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