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Wolterstorff, Nicholas

Works: 204 works in 683 publications in 8 languages and 23,999 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Autobiographies  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Essays 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, Other, Creator, Commentator
Classifications: LC111, 700.1
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Thomas Reid and the story of epistemology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 2,139 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
Understanding liberal democracy : essays in political philosophy by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 1,586 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
Divine discourse : philosophical reflections on the claim that God speaks by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 1,342 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
Justice : rights and wrongs by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,301 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
Faith and rationality : reason and belief in God by Alvin Plantinga( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and French and held by 1,133 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
Inquiring about God by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,050 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
The mighty and the almighty : an essay in political theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,001 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"--
Art rethought : the social practices of art by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,001 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
Religion in the public square : the place of religious convictions in political debate by Robert Audi( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 990 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
Religion and public education by Theodore R Sizer( Book )

6 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Locke and the ethics of belief by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this important study Nicholas Wolterstorff interprets and discusses the ethics of belief which Locke developed in the latter part of Book IV of his Essay Concerning Human Understanding. After lengthy discussions on the origin of ideas, the nature of language, and the nature of knowledge, Locke got around to arguing what he indicated in the opening Epistle to the Reader to be his overarching aim: how we ought to govern our belief, especially (though by no means only) on matters of religion and morality. Professor Wolterstorff shows that what above all placed this topic on Locke's agenda was the collapse, in his day, of a once-unified moral and religious tradition in Europe into warring factions. Locke's epistemology was thus a culturally and socially engaged one; it was his response to the cultural crisis of his day
Reason within the bounds of religion by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

28 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the bearing of Christian faith on the practice of scholarship
The God we worship : an exploration of liturgical theology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in English and Dutch and held by 676 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
On universals : an essay in ontology by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

12 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

23 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 618 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
Until justice and peace embrace : the Kuyper lectures for 1981 delivered at the Free University of Amsterdam by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

25 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 558 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
Works and worlds of art by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an : three books, two cities, one tale by Antonie Wessels( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussing the Bible and the Qur'an in one breath will surprise some Jews, Christians, and Muslims. But Anton Wessels argues that all three traditions must read the Scriptures together and not against each other. As his book title suggests, the three books, in the end, are actually one tale. Wessels accepts Muhammad as a prophet and takes the Qur'an seriously as Holy Scripture along with the Old and New Testaments -- without giving up his own Christian convictions. Respectfully reading the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an together, he argues, is of crucial importance: our world often sees these religious books as the cause of conflicts rather than the solution to them
Religion in the university by Nicholas Wolterstorff( )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is religion's place within the academy today? Are the perspectives of religious believers acceptable in an academic setting? In this book-length essay, the author ranges from Max Weber and John Locke to Ludwig Wittgenstein and Charles Taylor to argue that religious orientations and voices do have a home in the modern university, and he offers a sketch of what that home should be like. He documents the remarkable changes have occurred within the academy over time with regard to how knowledge is understood. During the same period, profound philosophical advancements have also been made in our understanding of religious belief. These shifting ideals, taken together, have created an environment that is more pluralistic than secular. Tapping into larger debates on freedom of expression and intellectual diversity, the author believes a scholarly ethic should guard us against becoming, in Weber's words, "specialists without spirit and sensualists without heart." --
Justice in love by Nicholas Wolterstorff( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Korean and held by 422 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 (
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Justice : rights and wrongs
Understanding liberal democracy : essays in political philosophyDivine discourse : philosophical reflections on the claim that God speaksJustice : rights and wrongsFaith and rationality : reason and belief in GodInquiring about GodThe mighty and the almighty : an essay in political theologyArt rethought : the social practices of artReligion in the public square : the place of religious convictions in political debate
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Wolterstorff, Nicholas P. 1932-

Wolterstorff, Nicholas Paul 1932-

Wolterstorff, Nick

Wolterstorff, Nick 1932-

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