Persons, Institutions, and Trust [Hardback]


Persons, Institutions, and Trust [Hardback]

Essays in Honor of Thomas O. Buford

  by Randall Auxier, James Beauregard, Thomas O. Buford, John Scott Gray, Eugene Long, Mason Marshall, James M. McLachlan, Richard Prust, Nathan Riley, J.Aaron Simmons

James M. McLachlan, Western Carolina University (Ed.)

Hardback | Price: $65 / €60 / £57
1st edition | Published on: January 2018
250pp |  236mm x 160mm
Series: Philosophy of Personalism
Subject(s): Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and moral philosophy, Philosophy
ISBN: 9781622730933

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The papers presented in this volume honor Thomas O. Buford. Buford is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Furman University where he taught for over 40 years. Many of the papers in this volume are from former students. But Professor Buford is also a pre-eminent voice of forth generation Personalism, and Boston Personalism in particular. Personalism is a school of philosophical and theological thought which holds that the ideas of “person” and “personality” are indispensable both to an adequate understanding of all metaphysical and epistemological problems, and the key to an adequate theory of ethical and political human interaction. Most personalists assert that personality is an irreducible fact found in all existence, as well as in all interpretation of the meaning of existence and the truth about experience. Anything that seems to exist impersonally, such as inanimate matter, nevertheless can exist and have meaning only as related to some personal being, according to personalists. The Boston Personalist tradition was innaugurated by Borden Parker Bowne and continued by Edgar S. Brightman, Peter Bertocci, John Lavely, Carol Robb and Martin Luther King.

Author biography

James McLachlan (Ph.D University of Toronto) is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University. He is a founding member of the International Forum on Persons and long time director of the Personalist Summer Seminars. He is also Co-Director of the Levinas Summer Seminar. He is past co-chair of the Mormon Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion, member of the board of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. His research interests include 20th century Continental thought, especially Levinas, Sartre and Berdyaev. He also publishes on American and European Personalism, Process Theology, Romanticism and idealism, and Mormon Theology.

Table of contents

Thomas O. Buford, Emeritus, Furman University

“Are Institutions Persons? Buford and the Primacy of Social Order”
Randy Auxier, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Institutions Supported, Institutions Subverted: Thomas O Buford on the Parables of Jesus”
James Beauregard Ph.D, Riviere University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

"Why Should I Trust?"
Richard Prust, Emeritus, St. Andrews College
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Christianity and Intellectual Seriousness”
Mason Marshall, Pepperdine University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Trusting to Dance Within the Nexus”
Nathan Riley, Independent Scholar
Response by Thomas O. Buford

"Prayer, Magic, and the Devil"
Christopher Williams, University of Nevada-Reno
Response by Thomas O. Buford

"Buford, Kohak, and a Renewed Understanding of the Personal Nature of Time"
John Scott Grey, Ferris State University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Death and Self-Importance”
John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Danish Personalism On Democracy and the Engaged Human Freedom for the Common Good”
Jonas Norgaard Mortensen
Response by Thomas O. Buford

‘On Behalf of Poetasters’
Charles Conti, University of Sussex
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Persons, Community and Human Diversity”
Eugene Long, Emeritus, University of South Carolina
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Buford as Teacher, Mentor, Person
J. Aaron Simmons, Furman University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“The Personalist Response to the Problem of Evil in Brightman, Bertocci, and Buford”
James McLachlan, Western Carolina University
Response by Thomas O. Buford

“Fourth Generation Boston University Personalism: The Philosophy of Thomas O. Buford”
Randall E. Auxier, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Response by Thomas O. Buford

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