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    Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress by Joseph R. Winters.Christopher M. Driscoll - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):95-98.
    On November 4, 2008, during his concession speech to President-Elect Barack Obama, Senator John McCain transformed Obama's victory into his theodicy by claiming that the election "proved" that the country had progressed from its days organizing social life around racial exclusion. McCain's speech exemplifies a paradox of "American" progress: black bodies ascending to social heights previously prevented through a particularly pernicious brand of white American antiblack racism, upon whose backs U.S. global financial and military dominance was built, become evidence for (...)
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    Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life by Mathew A. Foust.Jacob Goodson - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):85-88.
    Does Josiah Royce's defense of loyalty hold any relevance for us in the twenty-first century? Mathew A. Foust thinks that it does. Business ethics, the ethics of warfare, and moral interpretation of twenty-first-century fiction: these are the three areas where Foust applies a Roycean understanding of loyalty. While Foust offers a persuasive case for the relevance and viability of Royce's account of loyalty in the twenty-first century, my primary criticism of Foust's book concerns his acceptance of Royce's equation of duties (...)
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    Processing Contingency with Theology: A Defense of Whitehead's Pragmatism.Lisa Landoe Hedrick - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):36.
    Contemporary debates about the implications of contingency are understatedly vast. One central question is whether or not a metaphysics of contingency is a contradiction of terms. Of course, how one answers this question in large part depends on what else one means by the terms of the question. Metaphysics, according to Alfred North Whitehead's redescription, is not conceivably the sort of thing one could so much as avoid. Metaphysics is "nothing but the description of the generalities which apply to all (...)
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    Intercarnations: Exercises in Theological Possibility by Catherine Keller.Thomas A. James - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):82-85.
    Though Catherine Keller frequently publishes essays, and many of her book chapters have had their beginnings in journal articles, most of the material she is known for has been delivered in the form of tightly organized, if somewhat chaophilic, monographs. What makes Keller's latest offering, Intercarnations, distinctive is that it is a collection of recent stand-alone pieces, some of which carry her ideas and her deterritorializing style into new territories. There is no tight organization here, only resonances across various interventions (...)
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    The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Seven Types of Everyday Miracle by Donald A. Crosby.Jennifer G. Jesse - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):63-67.
    Two prominent questions come to mind when I think of readers likely to pick up a book with this title. Those attracted to a study of miracles will probably ask, "How can miracles be 'everyday'?" And those who eagerly anticipate Donald Crosby unfolding another dimension of his religious naturalism might well ask, "Why do we still need to be talking about 'miracles'?" In The Extraordinary in the Ordinary, Crosby weaves a gracious and expansive argument that brings both kinds of readers (...)
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    Does Naturalism Make Room for Teleology? The Case of Donald Crosby and Thomas Nagel.Mikael Leidenhag - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):5.
    This article explores an important metaphysical issue raised by Donald Crosby in his Nature as Sacred Ground1—namely, the reality and nature of teleology and the explanatory relevance of teleology for understanding human mentality. Crosby, in his endeavor to construct a metaphysical system on which to base religious naturalism, acknowledges the importance of positively accounting for teleology. Teleology is crucial for accounting for human freedom, and if teleology falls prey to reductionism, then a dangerous dissonance is created between naturalism and the (...)
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    The Harvard Lectures of Alfred North Whitehead, 1924–1925: Philosophical Presuppositions of Science Ed. By Paul A. Bogaard and Jason Bell. [REVIEW]William J. Meyer - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):72-75.
    In this expensive but invaluable book, students and scholars of Whitehead's philosophy and those more generally interested in the intersections of philosophy and science will find a treasure trove for gleaning the development, breadth, and depth of Whitehead's thought. This work, which consists of three independent sets of course notes from the previously unpublished lectures that Whitehead gave in his first year at Harvard in 1924–1925, is the first volume in a new and richly important series by Edinburgh University Press: (...)
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    Cosmological and Ontological Contingency.Robert Cummings Neville - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):54.
    Let me begin by giving preliminary definition to the two kinds of contingency named in my title, although I shall argue that the distinction between them gets too complicated to sustain in the long run. Cosmological contingency is the contingency of things within the world upon other things within the world, plus perhaps their own spontaneous creativity. Ontological contingency is the contingency of everything in the world that is determinate in any way upon an ontological ground. That ontological ground cannot (...)
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    Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence by Jacob L. Goodson.Michael L. Raposa - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):67-71.
    The distance in conceptual space between the philosophical pragmatism of William James and the narrative theologies of Hans Frei and Stanley Hauerwas would appear at first glance to be significant. Hauerwas himself has measured that distance in public, when his extended critique of James supplied a good portion of the agenda for his Gifford Lectures, delivered in 2001 at St. Andrews and subsequently published as With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology. In this book, Jacob (...)
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    Wilderness in America: Philosophical Writings by Henry Bugbee.C. Hannah Schell - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):89-92.
    Henry Bugbee was an American philosopher whose name is probably less familiar than other twentieth-century thinkers, yet his small volume of writings is deeply appreciated by those who have read him. A fondness for the man and his thought shines through the pages of this new collection edited by David Rodick, who hopes to introduce Bugbee to a new generation and to make him "more accessible to the wider public". This is a worthy goal, given the delightful idiosyncrasy of Bugbee's (...)
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    Confucianism and American Philosophy by Matthew A. Foust.Robert Smid - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):79-81.
    What new points of connection can be forged between two traditions that will either enable us to learn more about one or the other tradition or enable us better to address the concerns underlying those connections when armed with the resources of both traditions? This is the main, underlying question of Foust's new book, Confucianism and American Philosophy. The perceived quality of his several answers to this question will likely depend on the comparative method that one takes into the pages (...)
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    Adam Smith's Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness by John E. Hill.Jerome A. Stone - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):92-95.
    I thought that I knew Adam Smith. Apparently not! "The political economy of the USA today is based on a laissez-faire interpretation of his Wealth of Nations," which, according to John E. Hill, "grossly distorts Smith's ideas." Furthermore, "correctly interpreting" Smith's thought would lead to greater happiness in all capitalistic political economic systems". The general slant of this book is that gross misinterpretations of Smith's theory of market capitalism have been used to justify the destruction of the moral standards on (...)
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    Gabriel Marcel and American Philosophy: The Religious Dimension of Experience by David W. Rodick.Dwayne A. Tunstall - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):75-79.
    In Gabriel Marcel and American Philosophy, David W. Rodick investigates Gabriel Marcel's relationship to classical American philosophy—more specifically, to Josiah Royce's idealism, William James's radical empiricism, William Ernest Hocking's empiricism, and Henry G. Bugbee's experiential naturalism—to provide Marcel scholars and scholars of classical American philosophy with a fruitful perspective for understanding Marcel's thought. He also seeks to capture Marcel's dynamic and concrete approach to philosophizing along with examining its "relevance to the contemporary world—a world in which philosophy, confined to the (...)
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    Pragmatic Pluralisms and Religious Diversities: Toward Diapractice.Ulf Zackariasson - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 40 (1):20.
    In recent decades, American pragmatism has become an increasingly important voice in Anglo-American philosophy of religion.1 The purpose of this paper is to contribute to this ongoing development by approaching religious diversities through pragmatism's emphasis on the primacy of practice. I will not put forward a full-blown pragmatic philosophy of religious diversity, but rather offer one essential building block to use in a more comprehensive edifice.2For pragmatists, pluralism is generally a default stance, and similarities are often just as puzzling and (...)
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    Evolutionary Pragmatism and Ethics Eds. By Beth L. Eddy. [REVIEW]Joshua Daniel - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 39 (3):98-101.
    Thank God someone wrote this book. This reviewer has often wondered why there hasn't been more scholarship on the relationship between evolutionary theory, particularly Charles Darwin, and the early pragmatists. Since thinkers like John Dewey and Jane Addams often use the language of evolutionary theory in suggestive ways when discussing social-ethical matters, without explicating precisely where they hew to and depart from the theory itself, it's incumbent on their readers to articulate these relations. Eddy proves an excellent guide through the (...)
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    Retrieving Realism Ed. By Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor. [REVIEW]Andrew Grosso - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 39 (3):95-98.
    Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor have produced a thorough, careful, and concise account of cognition and articulation that simultaneously provides ample justification for renewed confidence in our capacity to understand reality, engages many of the central concerns of both analytic and phenomenological philosophy, and helps reconnect the philosophical enterprise to wider social and cultural concerns.The book opens with an exposition of the "mediational" worldview that "influences all our theorizing" about thought and language, a worldview that suggests "we grasp external reality (...)
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    The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence by Thomas Jay Oord. [REVIEW]Leslie A. Muray - 2019 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 39 (3):102-104.
    For some time now, I have written and talked about Thomas Jay Oord as the most "cutting edge" person on the theological scene today. This may sound like a bold claim, but what Oord has accomplished in bridging the gap between evangelicals and liberals is remarkable both in terms of background and personal commitment. He has a foot in the evangelical camp, yet as a product of Claremont Graduate University, he has another foot solidly in the liberal camp. Intellectually, at (...)
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