The knowledge of God and the practice of society in Frederick Denison Maurice
Booth, Harry Fehr
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The general purpose of this dissertation is an exposition of the inner logic connecting the theological method of F. D. Maurice with his social ethic. By theological method are intended the assumptions, procedures, and criteria integral to a man's approach toward the affirmations and service of his ultimate concerns. By social ethic are intended the meaning and functions attributed by a man to historic human society, and the import and character of his analysis of and action in its concrete forms and occasions. And by connection in inner logic are inffiended a mutual determination and constitution of the two by each other, initiation varying with persons and contexts. The special purpose of this dissertation is the use of this inner logic to explain and internally to justify a rare, and essentially only apparent, inconsistency in Maurice's social ethic, a conjuction of radicalism and conservatism, of a dogmatic fervor for root principles in the content of human relationships and an accommodating support of existing forms in the structure of those relationships in society. The dissertation suggests an addition to prevalent ethical, sociological, and psychological explanations of this conjunction, of an epistemological one, the more important because, independent of Maurice's personal flavor and context, it affects all who operate on similar methodological foundations.[TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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