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Introduction Contingency And Religion—A Philosophical Tour D’Horizon

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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which focuses on the problem of religion and contingency in its various aspects. It attempts to tidy-up the use of the notion of contingency by making a distinction between its use in classical philosophy and in modern philosophy. The book addresses classical philosophy's dealings with contingency. The philosophical relevance of contingency and its opposite, necessity, comes out best when both are situated next to their philosophical kin. The members of the contingency-family are particularism, relativity and historicity. Changeability belongs to this family as well, but it is probably not to be located on the same level as the other members, though it is conceptually related to them.

Keywords: contingency; philosophical kin

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