Can philosophy offer reasonable grounds for the existence of a God (or Absolute) possessing genuine (even if not orthodox) religious significance and not proposed simply as the solution to a purely intellectual philosophical problem? Certainly many contemporary thinkers have insisted that no genuine religion could be based upon metaphysics. In this book, however, T. L. S. Sprigge examines sympathetically the most notable metaphysical systems of the last four centuries which purport to put religion on a rational footing and, after a thorough examination of their claims, considers what kind of religious outlook they might support and (more briefly) how they actually affected the lives of their proponents. The thinkers studied include Spinoza, Hegel, T. H. Green, Bernard Bosanquet (together with a brief discussion of Bradley), Josiah Royce, A. N. Whitehead, and Charles Hartshorne, concluding with an exposition of the author's own viewpoint (pantheistic absolute idealism) and a general discussion on the relation between metaphysics and religion. There is also a chapter on Kierkegaard as the most important critic of metaphysical religion.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Weight: 1050 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 40 mm
it is, I confess, immensely refreshing to read a book such as Sprigge's... I have immense admiration for Sprigge's pluck and resolve. In summary metaphysical systems can function in religious terms. In this sense I think Sprigge makes a persuasive philosophical case.
The subtitle of this beautifully produced book says it all, T.L.S. Sprigge has long been recognized as our principal authority on absolute idealism... Provocative and even eccentric... The God of Metaphysics is nevertheless a wonderfully lucid book. It deserves a readership well beyond professional philosophical circles.
...this book offers a vast, sprawling metaphysical world in which to immerse oneself. For all its disciplined density of argumentation, austerity of abstraction and masterly intellectual control it is vitally, passionately personal and, curiously, both diffident and breathtakingly ambitious in what it advocates.
an impressive scholarly and intellectual achievement.