Religion and the Ubiquity of Value

Maria Antonaccio

in A Philosophy to Live By

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199855575
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933198 | DOI:
Religion and the Ubiquity of Value

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This chapter serves as the fulcrum of the book’s central theme insofar as it attempts to show how the two meanings of askesis (ascetic and aesthetic) are integrated or harmonized in Murdoch’s interpretation of the creative work of the Demiurge in Plato’s Timaeus. The chapter begins by positioning Murdoch’s thought within current debates over whether a general concept of religion is still viable in a so-called post-secular age. Challenging what might be called a constricted view of religion, Murdoch’s godless theology recasts the meaning of religion as an apprehension of the ubiquity of moral value. After surveying some selected examples of the theological reception of her thought, the chapter breaks new interpretive ground by engaging Murdoch’s reading of the Timaeus as an exemplary (and neglected) resource for the alternative mode of religious consciousness that her thought recommends.

Keywords: demiurge; timaeus; consolation; spirituality; religion; theology; paul tillich; contingency; necessity

Chapter.  15933 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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