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Metaphor, Analogy, and the Place of Places
Where Religion and Philosophy Meet

By Carl G. Vaught

Metaphor, Analogy, and the Place of Places
Hardback, 180 pages $34.95
Published: 30th November 2004
ISBN: 9781932792072
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Philosophy, All Theology

Vaught identifies the place where religion and philosophy meet-and he does so in constant conversation with Augustine, Hegel, Heidegger and Jaspers. Vaught argues that both religious and philosophical discourse assume one of four modes: figurative, analytical, systematic, and analogical. Any real innovation occurs by moving from one mode of discourse to another. Vaught also explores the relationship among "space," "time," and "place" as well as "mystery," "power," and "structure." Remarkably, Vaught shows how the category of "place" serves as the intersection of both triads. In the end, "place" is the orientation that guides the discussions of Being and God, where philosophy and religion are joined.


List of Abbreviations

PART ONE: The Relation Between Religion and Philosophy
1. The Origins, the Context, and the Language of Religion and Philosophy
2. A New Conception of the History of Philosophy
3. Athens and Jerusalem

PART TWO: Augustine, Hegel, Heidegger, and Jaspers
4. The Rhetoric of Augustine's Confessions
5. Immanence and Transcendence in Augustine's Confessions
6. Hegel and the Problem of Difference
7. Being and Existenz in Heidegger and Jaspers

PART THREE: Mystery, Power, and Structure
8. The Quest for Wholeness
9. Being and God
10. Metaphor, Analogy, and the Nature of Truth



Only someone as well-versed in Anglo-American analytical philosophy's demand for rigor and clarity could tread so nimbly where such philosophers rarely venture, namely, in relating Being and God to time and space as well as relating Continental philosophers such as Hegel and Heidegger to ancient and medieval philosophers. Vaught offers a grand philosophical vision with deft attention to detail, promising medieval philosophy as the bridge that can span mystery and structure, metaphor and realism, Being and God.

—Dan R. Stiver, Hardin-Simmons University and author of Theology After Ricoeur

Carl Vaught is one of the very few philosophers to have a deep, participative knowledge of religious life coupled with a command of both metaphysics and philosophy of language. For years he has been developing a metaphysics of analogy for understanding God as Being. At the same time he has elaborated an extraordinary interpretation of Augustine. Now he demonstrates a remarkable subtlety in distinguishing and connecting different types of religious and theological discourse. In this book he brings all these together to present a genuinely systematic philosophical theology. A splendid dividend is that he uses the systematic position and its language to reflect back on the history of Western philosophy, with remarkable insights. Metaphor, Analogy, and the Place of Places makes Vaught's position a major contender in contemporary philosophical theology and philosophy of religion. At the very least, after this book, no one can claim that philosophy and religion are not integral to each other.

—Robert C. Neville, School of Theology, Boston University

He holds that both philosophy and faith start in childhood with the power of imagination, in advance of reflection... The distinction between imagination and reflection prompts people to seek wholeness and unity... Recommended.


Dr. CARL G. VAUGHT was appointed Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University in 1998. He received his B.A. from Baylor in 1961, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Alpha Chi Scholarship Award as the valedictorian of his class. He attended Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and a Danforth Graduate Fellow and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale in 1966. Before he came to Baylor, he taught in the Philosophy Department at Penn State for thirty-one years where he directed the dissertations of twenty-nine graduate students and he served as Head of the Department of Philosophy from 1982 to 1992. He became a Fellow of the Society of Philosophy in America in 1987, was affiliated with Oriel College in Oxford in 1990-91, and was a Distinguished Alumnus at Baylor in 1993. His principal philosophical interests are metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy.

Dr. Vaught has given lectures at the University of Montana, Brigham Young University, the University of Denver, and Iowa State; the University of Toronto, Emory University, Cornell University, and Vassar College; Cambridge University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam, and Oxford University; and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the Catholic University of America, and Valparaiso University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 180 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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