Knowledge of place and knowledge of God: Contemporary philosophies of place and some questions in philosophical theology
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 62 (3):149 - 169 (2007)
|Abstract||The paper examines three themes from the recent philosophical literature on place: the status of places as “concrete universals”; the narratively mediated agency of places; and the various ways in which human identity proves to be relative to place. I argue that these themes throw into new relief a set of correlative issues in philosophical theology concerning, respectively, God’s supra-individuality, God’s status as a final cause, and the divine grounding of human identity. On this basis, the paper proposes that knowledge of place is analogous to, and partly constitutive of, knowledge of God.|
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