Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Hidden GodPragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ryan White

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171007

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171007.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 17 May 2022

On True Virtue

On True Virtue

Jonathan Edwards and the Ethics of Self-Reference

(p.93) 3 On True Virtue
The Hidden God

Ryan White

Columbia University Press

Contemporary interpretations of the Puritan theology of Jonathan Edwards are often hindered by the implicit assumption of a modern framework that imports either romanticist subjectivity into his thought or a strict theological dualism. This chapter argues that the concept of self-reference, a formal condition with a strong precedent in medieval theology, is the key for unlocking this difficulty and showing that the difficult concept of “true virtue” as presented by Edwards is paradoxically achievable only as unachievable. Much like Peirce’s pragmatism and its relationship to reality, Edwards demonstrates that only through self-limitation is an ethical program capable of presenting the possibility for a “true” ethics.

Keywords:   Jonathan Edwards, Perry Miller, Niklas Luhmann, Self-reference, Puritanism, Calvinism

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .