The History of Western Philosophy of Religion
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Editor(s): Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis  
ISBN: 1844651819
ISBN-13: 9781844651818
Publication Date: 29/10/2009
Pages: 1716 (246 x 174mm)
Format: 5 Volume Cloth Set
Published Price: £295.00
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This major work of reference is an indispensable resource for anyone conducting research or teaching in the philosophy of religion and related fields, such as theology, religious studies, the history of philosophy, and the history of ideas.

An international team of over 100 leading scholars has been brought together to provide authoritative exposition of how history's most important philosophical thinkers – from antiquity to the present day – have sought to analyse the concepts and tenets central to Western religious belief, especially Christianity.

Divided, chronologically, into five volumes, The History of Western Philosophy of Religion is designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, from the scholar looking for original insight and the latest research findings to the student wishing for a masterly encapsulation of a particular philosopher's views. It will become the standard reference in the field.


• Each volume opens with a general introduction, presenting an overview of philosophy of religion in the period

• Each essay opens with a brief biography, then outlines and analyses that philosopher's contribution to thinking on religion, and concludes with key further reading

• Essays are cross-referenced, highlighting the development of major ideas and influences across history

• Each volume closes with a chronology, presenting a contextual guide to the main religious, political, cultural and artistic events of the period

• Each volume contains its own bibliography and index.


Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy and Religion

"An excellent collection of essays, a worthy addition to the literature on philosophy of religion." – Paul O'Grady, Trinity College Dublin

Volume 3: Early Modern Philosophy and Religion

"The contributions in this volume are excellent: well-organized, clear, and substantive. It may well become the standard history of the philosophy of religion in the early modern period." – A. P. Martinich, University of Texas, Austin

Volume 4: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Religion

"This excellent collection of clearly written and interesting essays is sure to be of great help to both students and scholars alike who are looking for in-depth overviews of key thinkers and thoughts in nineteenth-century philosophy of religion. A very welcome collection indeed." – Christopher Hamilton, King’s College London

"To see how, in an age of science, some of the liveliest minds engaged with religion is fascinating. Philosophy of religion is again, as it was then, a field which should engage not only those interested in the history of ideas and of culture, but also serious students of philosophy. Clearly-written, lively and accessible, this volume is a vindication of the biographical approach to intellectual history and demonstrates why what was said or written in the past is still resonant and argued about in the present." – David Knight, University of Durham

Volume 5: Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Religion

"Vibrant, contentious and constructive, these essays powerfully demonstrate that the last century is by any standard a critical period for progress in the history of western philosophy of religion. The range and originality of each contribution open up the field to thinkers who fit no simple mould: theists, atheists and non-theists alike offer readers new issues for ongoing debate." – Pamela Anderson, University of Oxford

"Oppy and Trakakis are to be congratulated on this wonderfully useful volume. Students of the philosophy of religion will pass many an agreeable hour absorbing the lessons of a century's contemplation from its rich and fascinating essays." – John Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada

Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. Nick Trakakis is Lecturer and Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics at Monash University, Australia, and also teaches philosophy and religion at Deakin University, Australia.

Volume 1: Ancient Philosophy and Religion
Introduction, Georg Boys-Stones; 1. Pythagoras, Constantinos Macris; 2. Xenophanes, James H. Lesher; 3. Socrates and Plato, Mark McPherran; 4. Aristotle, Sarah Broadie; 5. Epicurus, John Penwill; 6. The Stoics, Tad Brennan; 7. Cicero, Margaret Graver; 8. Philo of Alexandria, David T. Runia; 9. The Apostle Paul, Stanley K. Stowers; 10. Plutarch of Chaeroneia, John Dillon; 11. Sextus Empiricus, Richard Bett; 12. Early Christian Philosophers, Eric Osborn; 13. Origen, Jeffrey Hause; 14. Plotinus, Lloyd P. Gerson; 15. Porphyry and Iamblichus, Mark Edwards; 16. The Cappadocians, Anthony Meredith; 17. Augustine, Gareth B. Matthews; 18. Proclus, Dirk Baltzly; 19. Pseudo-Dionysius, Kevin Corrigan and Michael Harrington

Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy and Religion
Introduction, G. R. Evans; 1. Boethius, John Marenbon; 2. Johannes Scottus Eriugena, Dermot Moran; 3. Al-Farabi, Syed Nomanul Haq; 4. Avicenna, Jon McGinnis; 5. Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Williams; 6. Al-Ghazali, Michael Marmura; 7. Peter Abelard, Constant J. Mews; 8. Bernard of Clairvaux, Brian Patrick McGuire; 9. Averroes, Gerhard Endress; 10. Moses Maimonides, Charles Manekin; 11. Roger Bacon, Jeremiah Hackett; 12. Thomas Aquinas, John F. Wippel; 13. John Duns Scotus, Richard Cross; 14. William Ockham, Gyula Klima; 15. Gersonides, Tamar Rudavsky; 16. John Wyclif, Stephen E. Lahey; 17. Nicholas of Cusa, Jasper Hopkins; 18. Erasmus of Rotterdam, James McConica

Volume 3: Early Modern Philosophy and Religion
Introduction, Peter Anstey; 1. Niccolo Machiavelli, Mary G. Dietz and Ilya Winham; 2. Martin Luther, Theodor Dieter; 3. John Calvin, Michael Sudduth; 4. Michel de Montaigne, Marc Foglia; 5. Francisco Suarez, Bernardo J. Cantens; 6. Thomas Hobbes, Sharon Lloyd; 7. Rene Descartes, Gary Steiner; 8. Ralph Cudworth, Benjamin Carter; 9. Blaise Pascal, William David Wetsel; 10. Baruch Spinoza, Michael A. Rosenthal; 11. John Locke, Victor Nuovo; 12. Gottfried Leibniz, Jack D. Davidson; 13. George Berkeley, Roomet Jakapi; 14. Voltaire, David Williams; 15. The Deists, Peter Byrne; 16. Jonathan Edwards, Sang Hyun Lee; 17. Thomas Reid, Ryan Nichols; 18. David Hume, Paul Draper; 19. Denis Diderot, David Adams; 20. Immanuel Kant, Eckart Förster; 21. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, David Bell; 22. William Paley, Roger White

Volume 4: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Religion
Introduction, Douglas Hedley and Chris Ryan; 1. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Yolanda D. Estes; 2. Friedrich Schleiermacher, Theodore Vial; 3. G. W. F. Hegel, Paul Redding; 4. Friedrich Schelling, Michael Vater; 5. Arthur Schopenhauer, Robert Wicks; 6. Auguste Comte, H. S. Jones; 7. John Henry Newman, Ian Ker; 8. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Russell Goodman; 9. Ludwig Feuerbach, Van A. Harvey; 10. John Stuart Mill, Chin Liew Ten; 11. Charles Darwin, Michael Ruse; 12. Soren Kierkegaard, William McDonald; 13. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Roland Boer; 14. Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf A. Makkreel; 15. Edward Caird, Colin Tyler; 16. Charles. S. Peirce, Douglas Anderson; 17. Friedrich Nietzsche, Clancy Martin; 18. Josiah Royce, Kelly A. Parker; 19. Sigmund Freud, Adolf Grunbaum; 20. Emile Durkheim, Philip Mellor

Volume 5: Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Religion
Introduction, Charles Taliaferro; 1. William James, Richard M. Gale; 2. Henri Bergson, John Mullarkey; 3. Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, Lewis S. Ford; 4. John Dewey, Steven C. Rockefeller; 5. Bertrand Russell, A. C. Grayling; 6. Max Scheler, Quentin Smith; 7. Martin Buber, Tamra Wright; 8. Jacques Maritain, Peter A. Redpath; 9. Karl Jaspers, Kurt Salamun; 10. Paul Tillich, William L. Rowe; 11. Karl Barth, Paul Dafydd Jones; 12. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Genia Schoenbaumsfeld; 13. Martin Heidegger, Laurence Paul Hemming; 14. Emmanuel Levinas, Jeffrey Kosky; 15. Simone Weil, Stephen Plant; 16. A. J. Ayer, Graham Macdonald; 17. William P. Alston, Daniel Howard-Snyder; 18. John Hick, Paul Badham; 19. Mary Daly, Anne-Marie Korte; 20. Jacques Derrida, Kevin Hart; 21. Alvin Plantinga, James F. Sennett; 22. Richard Swinburne, Bruce Langtry; 23. Late-Twentieth-Century Atheism, Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis