Dallas Willard's Last Book

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by bookslover, Jun 19, 2019.

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  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    It's The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge (Routledge Press, 2018), about 500 pages.

    This book was left unfinished when Willard died in 2013 at 77, and the manuscript was edited and completed by Steven L. Porter, Gregg A. Ten Elshof, and Aaron Preston, all three of whom were Willard's graduate students in philosophy at one time or another. With his permission, given literally just a day or two before he died, they completed his book.

    It is not a popular book, but a book of technical philosophy whose target audience is ethical theorists and historians of ethics.

    I haven't read a line of it, and so can't comment on it, but I saw an article about the book by Porter which was published in an in-house publication by Talbot School of Theology (Biola University).

    So, if you haven't heard of it or seen it, this is just a heads-up for those who may be interested. (It's also expensive!)
     
  2. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    It will be good. While he's known more for pop stuff, his skill as an ethical philosopher is staggering.
     
  3. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    The list price is something like $115, which is pretty staggering, too.
     
  4. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    What were some of his key ideas?
     
  5. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

  6. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

  7. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

  8. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    If by Idealist you mean Berkeley, yes. Willard posited a real mind-independent world.
     
  9. jwright82

    jwright82 Puritan Board Graduate

    Ok. Yeah I read one of his syllabi, ontology of knowledge I think, that was real good.
     
  10. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    What many don't realize is that Willard translated a bunch of Edmund Husserl's stuff from German. That puts him a strange place, as Husserl was neither analytic nor really continental.
     
  11. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    JP Moreland, that princely hero of the faith, describes what it was like to be in one of Dallas's classes.
     
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