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Christian Philosophy without Sociology: Reply to Tedla Woldeyohannes

by Paul K. Moser

This is a reply to Tedla Woldeyohannes, “On Moser’s Christ-Centered Metaphilosophy.” It draws a distinction between philosophy (particularly, Christian philosophy) and the sociology of philosophy (including the sociology of Christian philosophy), in order to propose that empirical questions about what most contemporary Christian philosophers are or are not doing belong to statistical sociology and not philosophy or Christian philosophy proper.

One important lesson is that Christian philosophy itself need not supply, and should not be expected to supply, answers to the statistical sociological questions one might have. Another important lesson is that Christ-Shaped Philosophy calls for certain specific reorientations in philosophy as commonly practiced, even by Christians. The paper identifies three areas for reorientation.

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