Clark, Edwina, list,
Clark, you wrote, "Later process theologians were explicitly influenced
by Peirce despite many of Peirce’s writings being difficult to find at
It seems a good bet that this was because Charles Hartshorne, who, along
with Paul Weiss, edited the Collected Papers of CSP in the 1930s, became
a prominent religious & process philosopher.
On 9/19/2016 1:33 PM, Clark Goble wrote:
On Sep 19, 2016, at 9:14 AM, Edwina Taborsky <tabor...@primus.ca
<mailto:tabor...@primus.ca> > wrote:
It’s worth noting the connection here between Peirce and Spinoza. Of
course that could be indirect since many of the early German idealists
like Hegel were highly influenced by Spinoza. But I’ve long thought
the direct influence was significant.
Clark- thanks for your very nice outline of the NA - I certainly
agree with your view, that as Chiasson says, it's not just about a
'belief in God', because it's not deductive but is, as noted,
abductive. Abduction inserts freedom and spontaneity - attributes
outside of the range of a God. And agreed - the NA doesn't offer
'compelling reasons for why we should call this /ens necessarium/ as
god. I, as an atheist, prefer his outline of Mind as the /ens
As Mind is an action of Reasoning [within all three modes], then, I
think that ethics is grounded within it. You don't, in my reading,
require a God, for ethics.
For a good paper on the influence see
Spinoza of course explicitly calls his unity God and ties it to
ethics. However the Jewish rabbis disagreed and thought him an
atheists leading to his excommunication.
That gets again to my point that the *name* God seems to be the
dispute rather than the content. That said though many post Peircean
figures strongly want to call God as God while giving his nature
freedom and spontaneity. The process theology movement that started
with Whitehead being the most obvious philosophical example although
there were others. Later process theologians were explicitly
influenced by Peirce despite many of Peirce’s writings being difficult
to find at the time.
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