PHILOSOPHY, THE RESTLESS HEART AND THE MEANING OF THEISM

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There is a common philosophical challenge that asks how things would be different if some supposed reality did not exist. Conceived in one way this can amount to trial by sensory verification. Even if that challenge is dismissible, however, the question of the relation of the purported reality to experience remains. Writing here in connection with the central claims, and human significance, of theism; and drawing on ideas suggested by C. S. Pierce, C. S. Lewis, Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, I aim to turn the tables and argue that the broad structure and basic features of human cognitive and affective experience indicate their fulfilment in God.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9329.2006.00338.x

Affiliations: Department of Moral PhilosophyUniversity of St AndrewsFife KY16 9AL Scotland, Email: jjh1@st-and.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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