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The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists

ROBERT MERRIHEW ADAMS

in Rationalism, Platonism and God

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264201
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.003.0006

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists

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This chapter examines the concept of the priority of the perfect in continental rationalists’ philosophical theology. It suggests that the less perfect or complete needs to be understood in terms of what is more perfect and complete and this is called the top-down strategy. It argues that divine knowledge constitutes a kind of perfect ideal or archetype which human knowledge imperfectly resembles or approaches and contends that man’s knowledge and thought could be to God’s rather as a dog’s is to man’s.

Keywords: philosophical theology; continental rationalists; priority of the perfect; human knowledge; God

Chapter.  10359 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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