Value and natural order in the philosophy of William Temple
The thesis is an examination of the philosophy of William
Temple (1881-1944), concentrating on the personalism which
especially characterises his entire philosophical outlook, but
which is particularly apparent in his treatment of value.
The areas addressed are:
1. The world-picture which underlies Temple's thought.
2. The place of value in the universe, the nature of value, and
the relationship between the self and values.
3. Temple's non-propositional approach to revelation.
4. The concept of value in personality, the human person, and
the person in community and Christian fellowship.
S. God, the supreme personal will, and Temple's justification
of his existence.
6. The ethical consequences of Temple's philosophy: the concept
of Natural Order and its relationship to situation ethics and
to the Natural Law tradition.
In analysing these concepts, particular attention is paid to
Temple's relationship to both the British Idealist tradition
and to Process Theology. Detailed consideration is also given
to traditional philosophical questions which concerned Temple,
especially the Problem of Evil, the Is/Ought question, and the
extent to which the moral capacity is innate. Outlines of
alternative approaches to these questions are given where this
has appeared necessary.