Friday, March 18, 2011
Theism and Categories
If we, as theists, believe that the universe is fundamentally personal in character, it follows that our ultimate understanding will not be in terms of things, which occupy space and may or may not possess certain properties, but of persons, who characteristically do things. Action, not substance, will be our most important category of thought. It is a truth too long neglected by philosophers--J. R. Lucas, Freedom and Grace, p. 111 (as quoted in Nicholas Wolterstorff, Art in Action).
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Lucas is a curiously underrated philosopher. I suspect his reputation will grow as the 21st century passes.
I wonder if this could have an impact on the way we understand epistemology.
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