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A Philosophical Introduction To "Divine Action"

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The slow process of the European construction of the spheres of "science" and "religion" and the hardening of the boundaries between them during the 17th and 18th centuries created an intellectual milieu in which traditional Christian ways of interpreting "religious" experience in the world increasingly came into competition with new "scientific" explanations of the world. This introductory chapter focuses on some general observations about the function(s) of philosophy within the Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (SPDA) project. It provides a more general overview of the major philosophical themes and developments that played a more or less explicit role in the SPDA project. The chapter briefly outlines three of the classical themes in philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics) and three of the shifts in philosophical categories in late modernity (relation, kinesis, and difference).

Keywords: classical philosophical themes; divine action; late modern trajectories; religion; science; SPDA project



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