April 2006 Archives

This paper intends to explore the postmetaphysic evaluation of traditional systems and will focus predominantly on its impact upon traditional and constructive theology. The writings of Jean Luc Marion, currently perhaps the foremost pupil of Jacques Derrida as regards the discussion of postmetaphysic theology will be the locus of this discussion. Our aim here is to arrive at a brief but meaningful [a] definition of metaphysics, [b] evaluation of the role and import of metaphysics in traditional Christian theology, and [c] overview of Jean Luc Marion's postmetaphysic approach to theological and hermeneutics.
This essay will examine Thomas Hobbes' (1588-1679) physical philosophy and epistemology with special attention given to their impact on biblical interpretation and authority. A central aim of this essay is an evaluation of Hobbes' central philosophical principles and their implications toward the communication of religious content.
Through prolific writing and treatment of various subjects the so-called Hobbsean "system" emerges as an impressively coherent philosophical worldview. This system grounds in Thomas Hobbes' (April 15, 1588- December 4, 1679) unique understanding of philosophy as comprised solely of physics, a ground from which then proceeds his more infamous theory of civic and religious authority. In the interim between ground and political theory abound writings on optics, geometry, mathematics, Aristotelianism, psychology, perception, and more. All of these together comprise a reality which for Hobbes necessarily results in a world both natural and social governed solely by mechanical principles.