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Peter Hare, Joseph Palencik, Douglas Anderson, and Steven A. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264322

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264322.001.0001

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Buchler’s Ordinal Metaphysics and Process Theology

Buchler’s Ordinal Metaphysics and Process Theology

(p.174) Eleven Buchler’s Ordinal Metaphysics and Process Theology
Pragmatism with Purpose

John Ryder

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In this chapter, Peter Hare exchanges views with John Ryder regarding Justus Buchler's ordinal metaphysics and Alfred North Whitehead's process theology. Hare argues that Buchler's ordinal metaphysics seems to be compatible with Whitehead's process theology without resorting to humanistic theologies. According to Hare, Buchler's metaphysics offers Whiteheadians the illumination of a novel perspective on the shared goal of the rejection of traditional substance. Furthermore, this shared rejection of substance-quality metaphysics leads to a shared rejection of classical Christian theology. Ryder explores Buchler's original perspective on the rejection of such traditional theistic doctrines as creation ex nihilo. In particular, he consider some of the consequences of Buchler's ordinal metaphysics for one component of most religious systems, God. Hare comments on Ryder's account of the conflict between Buchler s metaphysics and the metaphysics of Christian theism.

Keywords:   ordinal metaphysics, process theology, Peter Hare, John Ryder, Christian theology, God, theism, Justus Buchler, Alfred North Whitehead

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