The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards

A Study in Divine Semiotics
Stephen H. Daniel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1994
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-31609-7
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In this challenging work, Daniel draws on the semiotics of Foucault, Kristeva, and Peirce to explore Edwards’s typology.... elegant and important... " —Library Journal

A provocative and at times brilliant reinterpretation of Edwards... " —Religious Studies Review

... a comprehensive analysis and redefinition of the thought of Jonathan Edwards."—Peirce Project Newsletter

... a new foundation for the study of Edwards’s thought and rhetoric." —Wilson H. Kimnach

... this is a superb and important book, one that deserves to be widely read and vigorously discussed." —Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society

... Daniel’s work ought... to be required reading among the Edwards guild, for it provides perhaps the best philosophical introduction in English to Edward’s major writings." —Church History

Drawing on the semiotic work of Peirce, Foucault, and Kristeva, Stephen Daniel shows how the Renaissance theory of signatures provides Edwards and his contemporaries with a powerful alternative to the ideas of Descartes and Locke.

Author Bio

STEPHEN H. DANIEL is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University and author of Myth and Modern Philosophy and John Toland: His Methods, Manners, and Mind.

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Table of Contents


I. The Prospect of Semiotics
The Invitation of Typology
The Semiotic Context
The Renaissance Episteme

II. The Discourse of Typology
The Vocabulary of Nature
Two Texts: Nature and Scripture
The Nature of Typological Relations

III. The Logics of Creation
The Stoicism of Ramist Logic
The Ontology of Supposition
Corporeality and Mentality as Rhetorical Placement

IV. The Trinity and Creation
The Logic of the Trinity
Why God Creates

V. The Ontology of Original Sin
The Fall
The Imputation of Subjectivity

VI. Freedom and Moral Agency
Intentionality of Will as Philosophical Necessity
Divine Decrees and Foreknowledge
Virtue as Consent

VII. The Knowledge of Beauty
Knowledge and Grace

Concluding Remarks: The Porpriety of Christ