Philosophy in Seven Sentences
:Philosophy is not a closed club or a secret society. It's for anyone who thinks big questions are worth talking about. To get us started, Douglas Groothuis unpacks seven pivotal sentences from the history of western philosophy?a few famous, all...
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:Philosophy is not a closed club or a secret society. It's for anyone who thinks big questions are worth talking about. To get us started, Douglas Groothuis unpacks seven pivotal sentences from the history of western philosophy?a few famous, all short, none trivial. Included are:
Socrates?The unexamined life is not worth living.
Augustine?You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Descartes?I think, therefore I am.
Pascal?The heart has reasons, that reason knows nothing of.
Protagoras, Aristotle and Kierkegaard round out this quick tour.Since every philosopher has a story, not just a series of ideas, Groothuis gives us a bit of each one's life to set the stage. The seven sterling sentences themselves, while they can't tell us all there is to know, offer bridges into other lands of thought which can spark new ideas and adventures. And who knows where they might lead?
Douglas R. Groothuis (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He has also been a visiting professor or adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (Colorado Spring extension), Westminster Theological Seminary (California campus), University of Oregon, New College-Berkeley and Seattle Pacific University.
His articles have been published in such professional journals as Sophia; Theory and Research in Education; Philosophia Christi; Themelios; Christian Scholars Review; Inquiry and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has also written several books, including In Defense of Natural Theology; Christianity That Counts; Jesus in an Age of Controversy; Deceived by the Light; The Soul in Cyberspace, and in the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, On Pascal and On Jesus.. Most recently he has authored Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011)
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- :prefaceintroduction: Philosophy In Only Seven Sentences?1. Protagoras: Man Is The Measure Of All Things.2. Socrates: The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living.3. Aristotle: Man By Nature Desires To Know4. Augustine: You Have Made Us For Yourself, And Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Rest In You.5. Descartes: I Think, Therefore, I Am.6. Pascal: The Heart Has Reasons, That Reason Knows Nothing Of.7. Kierkegaard: The Greatest Hazard Of All, Losing One’s Self, Can Occur Very Quietly In The World, As If It Were Nothing At All.conclusion: What About These Seven Sentences? Or A Final Provocation