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Final Applications of the Philosophy of Organism in Natural Theology

  • Dorothy Emmet

Abstract

It has become a commonplace to say that philosophical science today can leave room for the forms of experience not easily amenable to rational analysis ; that scientific materialism need no longer be taken seriously as a metaphysic, however necessary it may be to the scientific worker as an ad hoc attitude towards the abstracted aspects of the world he is studying through his scientific method. Yet in view of the baffling complexity of the subject-matter; in view of the obvious inadequacy, and the dogmatic spirit which has wrecked systems of natural theology, may it not be conceded that after all the failure of that kind of thought is foredoomed? It is an attempt to say what cannot be said; and is not Wittgenstein right in insisting that concerning that of which one cannot speak one must be silent? (“wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen”).1 Had we not better leave the attempt to apply our metaphysics in the realm of ultimate questions; bow to the mysterium trcmendum, the final incomprehensibility of the “a-logical core of the universe,” while we recognise religion simply as the emotion or feeling of the numinous character of the mystery of the nature of things? We can say that such an emotion is necessary and desirable; but we must have done with the pretentiousness and arid rationalising of philosophical theology.

Keywords

Final Application Actual Entity Natural Theology Philosophical Theology Temporal World 
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© Dorothy Emmet 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Emmet
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Lady Margaret HallOxfordUK

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