Interpreting Neville

Edited by J. Harley Chapman & Nancy K. Frankenberry

Subjects: Comparative Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791441961, 352 pages, May 1999
Hardcover : 9780791441954, 352 pages, May 1999

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Table of contents


PART I. Neville's Methodology

1. Thinking Axiologically
George Allan

2. Re-reading Neville: A Postmodern Perspective
Edith Wyschogrod

PART II. Neville and Western Philosophy

3. Neville's Use of Plato
Patricia Cook

4. Neville and Pragmatism: Toward Ongoing Dialogue
Sandra B. Rosenthal

5. Ethics, Metaphysics, and the Use of Comparative Cultural Traditions in the Philosophy of Robert Neville
George R. Lucas Jr.

6. On the Very Idea of Symbolic Meaning
Nancy K. Frankenberry

7. Neville's Self in Time and Eternity
J. Harley Chapman

PART III. Metaphysical Questions

8. Neville's 'Naturalism' and the Location of God
Robert S. Corrington

9. Being, Nonbeing, and Creation Ex Nihilo
Carl G. Vaught

10. Creation and Concrescence
Lewis S. Ford

PART IV. Theological Problems

11. Knowing the Mystery of God: Neville and Apophatic Theology
Delwin Brown

12. Neville's Theology: A Feminist and Process Dialogue
Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

13. Neville's Theology of Creation, Covenant, and Trinity
Hermann Deuser

PART V. Comparative Issues

14. On Neville's Understanding of Chinese Philosophy: Ontology of Wu, Cosmology of Yi, and Normalogy of Li
Chung-ying Cheng

15. The Culture of Metaphysics: On Saving Neville's Project (from Neville)
David L. Hall

PART VI. Robert Neville Replies

16. Responding to My Critics
Robert Cummings Neville

Publications of Robert Cummings Neville

List of Contributors


Distinguished scholars provide the first book-length consideration of the work of philosopher and theologian Robert Cummings Neville, including a response from Neville himself.


Interpreting Neville provides the first book-length treatment of the thought of Robert Cummings Neville, one of the most important and wide-ranging scholars working across the fields of philosophy, theology, and comparative studies today. Contributors assess the systematic structure and methodological unity of Neville's trilogy Axiology of Thinking, provide a postmodern contextualization of Neville's philosophy, and evaluate the critical relation of Neville to the history of Western philosophy. Metaphysical questions crucial to Neville's project are critiqued from different vantage points, theological problems are examined, and the comparative issues outstanding in Neville's understanding of Chinese philosophy are assessed. Enhancing the book is a rich concluding essay written by Neville himself in response to each author.

[Contributors include George Allan, Delwin Brown, J. Harley Chapman, Chung-ying Cheng, Patricia Cook, Robert Corrington, Hermann Deuser, Lewis S. Ford, Nancy K. Frankenberry, David L. Hall, George R. Lucas, Jr. , Robert C. Neville, Sandra Rosenthal, Marjorie Suchocki, Carl G. Vaught, and Edith Wyschogrod. ]

J. Harley Chapman is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Dean of the Liberal Arts Division at William Rainey Harper College. He is the author of Jung's Three Theories of Religious Experiences. Nancy K. Frankenberry is Professor of Religion and Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Religion and Radical Empiricism, also published by SUNY Press.


"This is a book that is long overdue. By gathering fifteen essays about Neville in one place, it exhibits the extraordinary range of Neville's project. Neville is a truly systematic thinker, one whose work contributes to philosophy, religious studies, theology, and church life. Promoting a fuller appreciation for Neville's scope is the signal achievement of this volume. " — Warren G. Frisina, Hofstra University

"Neville is one of the few systematic thinkers in contemporary American theology or philosophy. This book shows the current vitality of the systematic tradition, while challenging him. " — David Weissman, City College of New York