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Philosophy, God and Motion

Philosophy, God and Motion (Paperback)

By Oliver, Simon

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In the post-Newtonian world motion is assumed to be a simple category which relates to the locomotion of bodies in space, and is usually associated only with physics. This book shows this to be a relatively recent understanding of motion and that prior to the scientific revolutio...n motion was a broader and more mysterious category, applying to moral as well as physical movements. Simon Oliver presents fresh interpretations of key figures in the history of western thought including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Newton, examining the thinkers' handling of the concept of motion. Through close readings of seminal texts in ancient and medieval cosmology and early modern natural philosophy, the books moves from antique to modern times investigating how motion has been of great significance within theology, philosophy and science. Particularly important is the relation between motion and God, following Aristotle traditional doctrines of God have understood the divine as the 'unmoved mover' while post-Holocaust theologians have suggested that in order to be compassionate God must undergo the motion of suffering. The text argues that there may be an authentically theological, as well as a natural scientific understanding of motion. This volume will prove a major contribution to theology, the history of Christian thought and to the growing field of science and religion.
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ISBN 9780415849180
Released NZ 10 Apr 2013
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
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Series Routledge Radical Orthodoxy
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ISBN-13 9780415849180
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 10 Apr 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Oliver, Simon
Series Routledge Radical Orthodoxy
Category Philosophy
Philosophy Of Religion
Number of Pages 254
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 116
Weight 386g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress PHILOSOPHY / Religious, Motion, God, Science - Philosophy, Religion and science
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education