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    On metaphysical necessity: essays on God, the world, morality, and democracy.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2020 - Albany: State University of New York Press.
    In this collection of essays, Franklin I. Gamwell offers a defense of transcendental metaphysics, especially in its neoclassical form, and builds a case for its importance as a tool for addressing abiding problems in morality and philosophical theology-including talk about God, human fault, moral decision, and the relationship of politics and religious freedom. In Part I, Gamwell argues against Kant and a wide range of contemporary philosophers, for the validity of transcendental metaphysics designated in the strict sense, i.e., as an (...)
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  2. The Divine Good: Modern Moral Theory and the Necessity of God.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1991 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 12 (2):151-155.
     
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  3. Existence and Actuality: Conversations with Charles Hartshorne.John B. Cobb & Franklin I. Gamwell - 1985 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 18 (3):166-168.
     
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    Habermas and Apel on communicative ethics: Their difference and the difference it makes.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1997 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 23 (2):21-45.
    Habermas and Apel commonly defend a form of universal moral theory that is also postmetaphysical. Still, they differ with respect to both the character and the justification of a universal moral principle. Habermas denies and Apel asserts that this principle is a transcendental condition of life practice or human activity as such, and each criticizes the claims of the other. This paper argues that each is correct in his criticism of the other and, therefore, both are wrong. The contention between (...)
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    Metaphysics and the Rationalization of Society.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1994 - Process Studies 23 (3):219-237.
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    A Defense of Metaphysical Necessity.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2017 - Review of Metaphysics 71 (2).
    Against the widely affirmed dictum, “all existential statements can be denied without self-contradiction,” this essay argues for some existential statements being necessarily true semantically and thus for transcendental metaphysics in the strict sense. Having briefly reviewed how Ronald Dworkin, Karl-Otto Apel, and Thomas Nagel each affirm the dictum in question and, thereby, imply the possible truth of the statement, “nothing exists,” the essay seeks to show how the statement, “‘nothing exists’ is possibly true”, is pragmatically self-refuting. Against the implications of (...)
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    Universalism Vs. Relativism: Making Moral Judgments in a Changing, Pluralistic, and Threatening World.Richard J. Bernstein, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Amitai Etzioni, William Galston, Franklin I. Gamwell, Timothy Jackson, James Turner Johnson, John Kelsay & Jean Porter (eds.) - 2006 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Has moral relativism run its course? The threat of 9/11, terrorism, reproductive technology, and globalization has forced us to ask anew whether there are universal moral truths upon which to base ethical and political judgments. In this timely edited collection, distinguished scholars present and test the best answers to this question. These insightful responses temper the strong antithesis between universalism and relativism and retain sensitivity to how language and history shape the context of our moral decisions. This important and relevant (...)
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    Existence and actuality: conversations with Charles Hartshorne.Charles Hartshorne, John B. Cobb & Franklin I. Gamwell (eds.) - 1984 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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    An Incoherence in Process and Reality.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2020 - Process Studies 49 (1):5-35.
    The incoherence is between Whitehead’s definition of “speculative philosophy” in the first section of Process and Reality's opening chapter which defines metaphysics as transcendental and important moments in later chapters of the book, where he asserts that metaphysical formulations are generalizations of empirical or contingent features. In explicating this inconsistency, the article attends to Whitehead’s definition of metaphysical in distinction from cosmological features, his understandings of the “aeroplane” metaphor, the ontological principle, and especially the initial aim. The article argues that (...)
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    Democratic Discourse.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1994 - The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 14:109-126.
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    Democracy on purpose: justice and the reality of God.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2000 - Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
    Engaging in a dialogue with such major representatives of the dominant consensus as Kant, Habermas, and Rawls, and informed by the philosophical writings of ...
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    Eclecticism as a Moral Theory.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (2):253-259.
    Persisting discussion, in both the academy and the wider public, about how democracy properly relates to religion is confused. All agree that religious freedom is required, but each of its two principal interpretations, separationist and religionist, commends itself by disclosing the other’s problems. Debate between the two is a standoff because both commonly assume that religions, in the sense protected by religious freedom, are or must be treated politically as immune to argumentative assessment. A third alternative is here proposed: religious (...)
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    Existence and the Good: Metaphysical Necessity in Morals and Politics.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2012 - SUNY Press.
    Argues that morals and politics require on a metaphysical backing and proposes a neoclassical metaphysics.
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    Happiness and the Public World.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1978 - Process Studies 8 (1):21-36.
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    Introduction.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (2):213-214.
    Persisting discussion, in both the academy and the wider public, about how democracy properly relates to religion is confused. All agree that religious freedom is required, but each of its two principal interpretations, separationist and religionist, commends itself by disclosing the other’s problems. Debate between the two is a standoff because both commonly assume that religions, in the sense protected by religious freedom, are or must be treated politically as immune to argumentative assessment. A third alternative is here proposed: religious (...)
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    On the Question of Democracy.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2011 - Process Studies 40 (2):286-306.
    Persisting discussion, in both the academy and the wider public, about how democracy properly relates to religion is confused. All agree that religious freedom is required, but each of its two principal interpretations, separationist and religionist, commends itself by disclosing the other’s problems. Debate between the two is a standoff because both commonly assume that religions, in the sense protected by religious freedom, are or must be treated politically as immune to argumentative assessment. A third alternative is here proposed: religious (...)
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    Politics as a Christian Vocation: Faith and Democracy Today.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
    Many democratic citizens, including many Christians, think that separation of religion from the state means the exclusion of religious beliefs from the political process. That view is mistaken. Both democracy and Christian faith, this 2004 book shows, call all Christians to make their beliefs effective in politics. But the discussion here differs from others. Most have trouble relating religion to democratic discussion and debate because they assume that religious differences cannot be publicly debated. Against this majority view, this book argues (...)
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    Religion and the Justification of Moral Claims.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1983 - Journal of Religious Ethics 11 (1):35 - 61.
    This essay argues that the necessary and sufficient evaluative condition for the justification of moral claims is a religious principle. Self-conscious choice entails a comprehensive variable in terms of which all possible human choice alternatives may be understood. This same variable must also be evaluative, such that human choices which are superior in its terms are categorically required and it is the necessary and sufficient evaluative condition for the justification of moral claims. Moreover, the comprehensive variable in question must be (...)
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    Religion Among We the People: Conversations on Democracy and the Divine Good.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2015 - State University of New York Press.
    _Explores democracy with religious freedom and its dependence on theism._.
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    Response to Douglas Sturm.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2004 - Process Studies 33 (2):258-261.
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    The Meaning of Religious Freedom: Modern Politics and the Democratic Resolution.Franklin I. Gamwell - 1995 - State University of New York Press.
    This is the most thorough philosophical analysis available of the principle of religious freedom. It draws on the thought of philosophers and political theorists (Rawls, Habermas, Murray, Rorty, Greenawalt, and Mead) rather than on the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
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    The Purpose of Human Rights.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2000 - Process Studies 29 (2):322-346.
  23. The Purpose of Democracy.Franklin I. Gamwell - 2000 - The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 20:21-39.
    On the assumption that Christian theism grounds all valid moral prescriptions in a divine purpose, Christian ethics is fundamentally challenged by the widespread consensus in contemporary democratic theory that justice should be separated from any comprehensive good. This essay responds to that challenge through a criticism of separationist theories of justice and a summary argument for democratic principles that depend on the divine good. Democratic justice is compound in character or includes a difference between formative principles, by which a political (...)
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  24. Barrett, Justin L.(2004) Why Would Anyone Believe in God? Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. $19.95, 160 pp. Beckwith, Francis J., William Lane Craig and JP Moreland (2004) To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, $29.00, 396 pp. [REVIEW]John Dillon, Lloyd P. Gerson, Franklin I. Gamwell, Sohail H. Hashmi, Steven P. Lee, Ruth Illman, Paul D. Janz, John Lachs, D. Micah Hester & Nancy K. Levene - 2005 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 57:217-218.
     
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    Jürgen Habermas: Between naturalism and religion. Translated by Ciaran Cronin: Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2008, vi +361 pp, $79.95 , $26.95. [REVIEW]Franklin I. Gamwell - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70 (2):179-183.
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    Review: On "Recovering Moral Philosophy": An Exchange. [REVIEW]Franklin I. Gamwell, Garrett Barden & Ronald M. Green - 1996 - Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (1):193 - 204.
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