Natural theology: Wit, the electric shock, the aesthetic idea—and a belated acknowledgment of points made by the late MR Gershon Weiler

Sophia 42 (1):9-26 (2003)
The paper concludes the argument that certain aesthetic objects conduce to a feeling of radical contingency, and to an openness to St Thomas's Third Way proof for the existence of God. Much is conceded to the late Mr Gershon Weiler's criticism of an earlier discussion. The upshot is (a) that Necessary Being as converse of radical contingency may be an Aesthetic Idea/Sublime of Kant's kind, and (b) that without the ‘I AM that I am’, it is empty. The ‘inference’ from radical contingency to Necessary Being may function as George Eliot thought Wit to function, intellectually/aesthetically.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/BF02824838
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,201
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Gershon Weiler (1962). How Rational is Religious Belief? Philosophical Quarterly 12 (47):172-177.
Gershon Weiler (1965). Degrees of Knowledge. Philosophical Quarterly 15 (61):317-327.
Gershon Weiler (1961). Beliefs and Attributes. Philosophy 36 (137):196 - 210.
Gershon Weiler (1960). Universalizability by Me. Philosophical Quarterly 10 (39):167-170.
Gershon Weiler (1994). What is the Philosophy of Nationalism? Studies in East European Thought 46 (1-2):119 - 128.
Gershon Weiler (1980). Kant's Question 'What is Man?'. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 10 (1):1-23.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

12 ( #357,325 of 1,940,950 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #457,798 of 1,940,950 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.