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Wolterstorff, Nicholas

Works: 167 works in 527 publications in 8 languages and 18,161 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Drama  Children's films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays  Fiction  Motion pictures  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Commentator
Classifications: LC111, 700.1
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Religion and public education( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faith and rationality : reason and belief in God( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and French and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays by contemporary Calvinist philosophers of religion that examine the epistemology of religious belief between Reformed and Roman Catholic philosophers
John Locke and the ethics of belief by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

21 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Convinced also that of genuine knowledge we human beings have very little, Locke argued that instead of following tradition we ought to turn "to the things themselves" and let "Reason be your guide." This view of Locke, in which centrality is given to the last book of the Essay, invites an interpretation of the origins of modern philosophy different from most of the current ones. Accordingly, after discussing Hume's powerful attack on Locke's recommended practice, Wolterstorff argues for Locke's originality and discusses his contribution to the "modernity" of post-sixteenth-century philosophy
Reason within the bounds of religion by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

22 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expanding on his 1976 study of the bearing of Christian faith on the practice of scholarship, Wolterstorff has added a substantial new section on the role of faith in the decisions scholars make about their choice of subject matter
Justice : rights and wrongs by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wide-ranging and ambitious, Justice combines moral philosophy and Christian ethics to develop an important theory of rights and of justice as grounded in rights. Nicholas Wolterstorff discusses what it is to have a right, and he locates rights in the respect due the worth of the rights-holder. After contending that socially-conferred rights require the existence of natural rights, he argues that no secular account of natural human rights is successful; he offers instead a theistic account." "Connecting rights and wrongs to God's relationship with humankind, Justice not only offers a rich and compelling philosophical account of justice, but makes an important contribution to overcoming the present-day divide between religious discourse and human rights."--Jacket
On universals : an essay in ontology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art in action : toward a Christian aesthetic by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking vigorous issue with the pervasive Western notion that the arts exist essentially for the purpose of aesthetic contemplation, Nicholas Wolterstorff proposes instead what he sees as an authentically Christian perspective: that art has a legitimate, even necessary, place in everyday life. While granting that galleries, theaters and concert halls serve a valid purpose, Wolterstorff argues that art should also be appreciated in action -- in private homes, in hotel lobbies, in factories and grocery stores, on main street. His conviction that art should be multifunction is basic to the author's views on art in the city (he regards most American cities as dehumanizing wastelands of aesthetic squalor, dominated by the demands of the automobile), and leads him to a helpful discussion of its role in worship and the church. Developing an aesthetic that is basically grounded, yet always sensitive to the human need for beauty, Wolterstorff make a brilliant contribution to understanding how art can serve to broaden and enrich our lives
Religion in the public square : the place of religious convictions in political debate by Robert Audi( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This vigorous debate between two distinguished philosophers presents two views on a topic of worldwide importance: the role of religion in politics. Audi argues that citizens in a free democracy should distinguish religious and secular considerations and give them separate though related roles. Wolterstorff argues that religious elements are both appropriate in politics and indispensable to the vitality of a pluralistic democracy. Each philosopher first states his position in detail, then responds to and criticizes the opposing viewpoint. Written with engaging clarity, Religion in the Public S
Divine discourse : philosophical reflections on the claim that God speaks by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Divine discourse comprises Nicholas Wolterstorff's philosophical reflections on the claim that God speaks. This claim figures large in the canonical texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but there has been remarkably little philosophical reflection on it, in good measure (so Professor Wolterstorff argues) because philosophers have mistakenly assimilated divine speech to divine revelation. He embraces contemporary speech-action theory as his basic approach to language; and after expanding the theory beyond its usual applications, concludes that the claim that God performs illocutionary actions is coherent and entails no obvious falsehoods. Moving on to issues of interpretation, he considers how one would interpret a text if one wanted to find out what God was saying thereby. Prominent features of this part of the discussion are his defense, against Ricoeur and Derrida, of the legitimacy of interpreting a text to find out what its author said, and his analysis of the double hermeneutic involved when the discourse of one person is appropriated into the discourse of another person. The book closes with a discussion of the epistemological question of whether we are entitled to believe that God speaks."--Jacket
Until justice and peace embrace : the Kuyper lectures for 1981 delivered at the Free University of Amsterdam by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Calling Christians to be true to God's shalom in all dimensions of life, philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff brings the religious vision of the Reformation to bear on such urgent matters as world poverty, nationalism, urban ugliness, and the tragedy of liturgy in Protestantism"--Publisher description
Thomas Reid and the story of epistemology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The two great philosophical figures at the culminating point of the Enlightenment are Thomas Reid in Scotland and Immanuel Kant in Germany. Reid was by far the more influential across Europe and the United States well into the nineteenth century. Since that time his fame and influence have been eclipsed by his German contemporary." "This important book by one of today's leading philosophers of knowledge and religion will do much to reestablish the significance of Reid for philosophy today. Nicholas Wolterstorff has produced the first systematic account of Reid's epistemology. Relating Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions, the author demonstrates how they are at once remarkably timely, relevant, and provocative." "No other book both uncovers the deep patterns of Reid's thought and relates it to contemporary philosophical debate. This book should be read by historians of philosophy as well as all philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind."--Jacket
Works and worlds of art by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Justice in love by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Korean and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian philosopher Wolterstorff, author of Justice: Rights and Wrongs, builds on the discussion of justice in his previous book to argue that we need a way of understanding the relationship between justice and love that allows for the possibility that the two can exist together. He describes a framework for understanding such a relationship and uses this framework to analyze cases of perceived conflict between just and unjust love and the justice of God's love. He asks whether forgiveness and generosity can be unjust, and investigates the injustice of benevolent paternalism and the justice of God's generosity in the Book of Romans. Wolterstorff is professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale University; he is also a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Slappy and the stinkers( Visual )

2 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Stinkers, a group of mischievous misfits, went on a field trip to the Springville aquarium where they decided to kidnap Slappy the Sea Lion and return him to his ocean home. Unfortunately, once the Sea Lion arrived in Dartmoor, all chaos broke loose
Understanding liberal democracy : essays in political philosophy by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work "collects the author's work at the intersection between political philosophy and religion. Alongside his influential earlier essays, it includes nine new essays in which Wolterstorff develops original lines of argument and stakes out novel positions regarding the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. Taken together, these positions are an attractive alternative to the so-called public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls"--Jacket
Art rethought : the social practices of art by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human beings engage works of the arts in many different ways: they sing songs while working, they kiss icons, they create and dedicate memorials. Yet almost all philosophers of art of the modern period have ignored this variety and focused entirely on just one mode of engagement, namely, disinterested attention. In the first part of the book Nicholas Wolterstorff asks why philosophers have concentrated on just this one mode of engagement. The answer he proposes is that almost all philosophers have accepted what the author calls the grand narrative concerning art in the modern world. It is generally agreed that in the early modern period, members of the middle class in Western Europe increasingly engaged works of the arts as objects of disinterested attention. The grand narrative claims that this change represented the arts coming into their own, and that works of art, so engaged, are socially other and transcendent. Wolterstorff argues that the grand narrative has to be rejected as not fitting the facts. Wolterstorff then offers an alternative framework for thinking about the arts. Central to the alternative framework that he proposes are the idea of the arts as social practices and the idea of works of the arts as having different meaning in different practices. He goes on to use this framework to analyse in some detail five distinct social practices of art and the meaning that works have within those practices: the practice of memorial art, of art for veneration, of social protest art, of works songs, and of recent art-reflexive art
The mighty and the almighty : an essay in political theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a century or more political theology has been in decline. Recent years, however, have seen increasing interest not only in how church and state should be related, but in the relation between divine authority and political authority, and in what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and the grounds of political obedience. In this book, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this whole complex of issues. He takes account of traditional answers to these questions, but on every point stakes out new positions. Wolterstorff offers a fresh theological defense of liberal democracy, argues that the traditional doctrine of 'two rules' should be rejected and offers a fresh exegesis of Romans 13; the canonical biblical passage for the tradition of Christian political theology. This book provides useful discussion for scholars and students of political theology, law and religion, philosophy of religion and social ethics"--
The God we worship : an exploration of liturgical theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The God We Worship Nicholas Wolterstorff takes a ground-up approach to liturgical theology, examining the oft-hidden implications of traditional elements of liturgy. Given that "no liturgy has ever been composed from scratch," Wolterstorff argues that the assumptions taken into worship are key to perceiving the real depths of historical Christianity's understanding of God. Across the liturgies of the Orthodox, Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Reformed churches, Wolterstorff highlights theologically neglected elements of God, such as an implicit liturgical understanding of God as listener. A dissection of liturgy is not only interesting, Wolterstorff argues, but crucial for reconciling differences between the God studied by theologians and the God worshiped by churchgoers on Sunday
Inquiring about God by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Inquiring about God is the first of two volumes of Nicholas Wolterstorff's collected papers. This volume collects Wolterstorff's essays on the philosophy of religion written over the last thirty-five years. The essays, which span a range of topics including Kant's philosophy of religion, the medieval (or classical) conception of God, and the problem of evil, are unified by the conviction that some of the central claims made by the classical theistic tradition, such as the claims that God is timeless, simple, and impassible, should be rejected. Still, Wolterstorff contends, rejecting the classical conception of God does not imply that theists should accept the Kantian view according to which God cannot be known. Of interest to both philosophers and theologians, Inquiring about God should give the reader a lively sense of the creative and powerful work done in contemporary philosophical theology by one of its foremost practitioners."--Publisher's description
On being a Christian in the Academy : Nicholas Wolterstorff and the practice of Christian scholarship by Andrew Sloane( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Faith and rationality : reason and belief in God
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Nicholas Wolterstorff American philosopher

Nicholas Wolterstorff Amerikaans filosoof

Nicholas Wolterstorff filósofo estadounidense

Nicholas Wolterstorff philosophe américain

Wolterstorff, Nicholas P.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas P. 1932-

Wolterstorff, Nick

Wolterstorff, Nick 1932-

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월터스토프, 니콜라스 1932-

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John Locke and the ethics of beliefReason within the bounds of religionJustice : rights and wrongsArt in action : toward a Christian aestheticReligion in the public square : the place of religious convictions in political debateDivine discourse : philosophical reflections on the claim that God speaksUntil justice and peace embrace : the Kuyper lectures for 1981 delivered at the Free University of AmsterdamThomas Reid and the story of epistemology