This book presents selected addresses presented before the Personalist Discussion Group meetings held in conjunction with the annual meetings of The American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. It includes the central ideas of American Personalistic Idealism developed during the twentieth century, its major criticisms, and recent developments by philosophers who are either Personalistic Idealists or sympathetic to the position.
About the author
Thomas O. Buford is the Louis G. Forgione Professor of Philosophy at Furman University, where he has taught since 1969. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Essays on Other Minds (U. Of Illinois Press), Contemporary Studies in Philosophical Idealism (with John Howie; Claud Stark, Publishers), and In Search of a Calling (Mercer University Press). In 1985 he founded The Personalism Forum, which he edited until 1998; the journal is now edited by Randall Auxier at Southern Illinois University. And in 1989 he and Charles Conti of the University of Sussex founded The International Conference on Person, which meets every other year, alternating between Europe and the United States. From 1985 though 1999 he was the Secretary of the Personalist Discussion Group, an organization which has met at the Eastern Division Meetings of The American Philosophical Association every year since 1938. Harold H. Oliver is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Theology, School of Theology, Boston University. A graduate of Samford University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and Emory University, Professor Oliver has held an American Association of Theological Schools Faculty Fellowship and at Cambridge University he was the Fellow of Cross-disciplinary Studies. He has contributed to scholarly journals, including Journal of Bible and Religion, Perspectives on Religious Studies, Zygon, Journal of Religion & Science, and the Journal of The American Academy of Religion. Harold is best for known for his seminal work, A Relational Metaphysic, Nijhoff, 1981. He now lives in Deatsville, Alabama.
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