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Many pagan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim philosophers from Antiquity to the Enlightenment made no meaningful distinction between philosophy and religion. Instead they advocated a philosophical religion, arguing that God is Reason and that the historical forms of a religious tradition serve as philosophy's handmaid to promote the life of reason among non-philosophers. Carlo ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published November 22nd 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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robin friedman
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A Study Of Reason And Religion

Many philosophers have thought about the relationship between two broad and difficult to define concepts: religion and reason. They are frequently considered in opposition. In his learned and thoughtful book “Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy” (2012), Carlos Fraenkel, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies at McGill University, aims, in his words, to “lay the groundwork for understanding and tracing the histo
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Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, religion
A vital contribution to the history of ideas, and indeed, to peace between people of faith and reason

Too often, we postmoderns get caught up in dichotomistic arguments that pit faith against reason, religion against science, theory vs. data, etc. without considering how some of the brightest minds in human history have approached this tension. Carlos Fraenkel may be uniquely positioned to deliver this incisive tour of philosophical religions, tracing ideas that were first articulated by Plato, t
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