Charles Hartshorne and the Existence of God

By Donald W. Viney

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Philosophy
Paperback : 9780873959087, 163 pages, June 1985
Hardcover : 9780873959070, 163 pages, June 1985

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Table of contents

Foreword by Charles Hartshorne
Key to Hartshorne References
I. The Idea of a Cumulative Case
II. Hartshorne's Cumulative Case: The Global Argument from 1923 to 1970
III. Neoclassical Theism
IV. The Ontological Argument
V. The Cosmological Argument
VI. The Design Argument
VII. The Epistemic Argument
VIII. The Moral Argument
IX. The Aesthetic Argument
X. The Unity of God and The Balance of Evidence


In a lucid and comprehensive study, Professor Viney presents an excellent critical analysis of Hartshorne's thought about God. Demonstrating his thesis from many points of view (ontological, cosmological, teleological, moral, aesthetic, etc.), Viney deftly illustrates Hartshorne's belief that any one argument for God is inconclusive, but that many woven together make up a convincing interpretative expression of the world.

Donald Wayne Viney teaches philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.


"I am enthusiastic about this book. Viney shows an unusual grasp of Hartshorne's own writings and of the related literature. In fact, there are few whose knowledge of this material matches Viney's. Further, he wrestles with problem after problem in the proofs, often arguing his case with impressive effectiveness. The book is enhanced by his style which is interesting, clear, and unpretentious, and by his simple, straightforward organization.

"In philosophy, arguments for God have acquired a new prominence in our times. No one I know has undertaken the task Viney has carried out in this book. His effort to treat the global argument of Hartshorne is unique. And it will be welcome." — Eugene H. Peters

"Viney's account is remarkably accurate, faithful to my meanings. (This does not mean that he agrees with me entirely, or I with him.)" — Charles Hartshorne