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Chapter 1
Who’s Right About Reality: Traditionalist,
Modernist, or the Post-Moderns?
Relativism
 Plato, Theaetetus
 Chuang Tzu
 Agnosticism
Nietzsche: Nihilism
Mister Eckhart
 Relativism: Denial of Absolute
 Pluralism: Denial of Absolute
 Skepticism: Denial of Knowledge of Absolute
Relativism
 Relativism
– All people will be saved by Christ
– Hidden Christ
– Karl Rahner: Anonymous Christian
– Syncretism
 Pluralism: All people will be saved through different paths.
Albert Einstein
 Theory of Relativity
 = Theory of Certainty
Heinsenburg’s Principle of Indeterminacy
= it can be determined
Mysticism
 Not a lack of knowledge
 But a fullness of knowledge
 Bernard McGinn (U. Chicago)
Mircea Eliade
 Theo-phany
 Hiero-phany

David Tracy
Post-modern
Postmodern is the return of the Pre-modern
 David Tracy
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Chapter 1
Who’s Right About Reality: Traditionalist,
Modernist, or the Post-Moderns?
Huston Smith
Chapter 1
Who’s Right About Reality: Traditionalist,
Modernist, or the Post-Moderns?
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Traditional Period: Extend from human beginnings to the rise of modern science
Modernist: Continued through the first half of the 20th century
Post-Moderns: “which Nietzsche anticipated, but which waited for the second half of
the 20th century to take hold.” [p.11]
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Traditional Period: Extend from human beginnings to the rise of modern science
Modernist: 1789-1989
From Bastille to Berlin Wall
Post-Moderns:
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Traditionalist
Modernist
Post-Moderns
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Cosmology = Study of physical world
Worldview and “big picture” used interchangeably.
Metaphysics = “meta” + physics
Meta = after, behind, below

Metaphysics
1. philosophy of being: the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of the nature
of being and beings, existence, time and space, and causality
2. underlying principles: the ultimate underlying principles or theories that form the
basis of a particular field of knowledge Symmetry is part of the metaphysics of quantum
mechanics.
3. abstract thinking: abstract discussion or thinking
Huston Smith
Chapter 1
Who’s Right About Reality: Traditionalist,
Modernist, or the Post-Moderns?

				
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