Dialogues on Values and Centers of Value

Old Friends, New Thoughts


This book features two old philosophical friends engaged in lively personal and intellectual conversations. Wary of any dogmatism, their dialogues explore the Big Bang and the joy of grandchildren, value theory and terrorism, God and art, metaphor and meaning, while assessing the thought of Robert S. Hartman, Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Hartshorne, H. Richard Niebuhr, and others.


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Biographical Note

THOMAS M. DICKEN received his A.B. degree cum laude from the University of Louisville in 1956, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1959, and a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies from Yale University Graduate School in 1964. His interests include the philosophy of religion, the history of art, aesthetics, the mind-body problem, value theory, contemporary fiction, and the ontological significance of baseball. He retired in 1997 and lives in Versailles, Kentucky with his wife Nancy. They have four children and a growing number of grandchildren. He has published scholarly articles in many journals.
REM B. EDWARDS received his A.B. degree from Emory University in 1956, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During graduate school he was a Danforth Graduate Fellow. He received a B.D. degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1959 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 1962. His areas of specialization are Philosophy of Religion, American Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Medical Ethics with a special interest in Mental Health Care, Ethics and Animals, and Formal Axiology. He is the author or editor of sixteen books. Edwards is also the author of over sixty articles and reviews. He is an Associate Editor with the Value Inquiry Book Series, published by Editions Rodopi, where he is responsible for the Hartman Institute Axiological Studies special series. For a number of years he was co-editor of the Advances in Bioethics book series (JAI Press).

Table of contents

Rem B. EDWARDS: Editorial Foreword ONE Renewing Friendships TWO God, the World, and Skepticism THREE Bodies, Minds, Memories, and Doubt FOUR Spacey Minds, Metaphors, and Myths FIVE Violence and Hartmanian Axiology SIX Individuals as Intrinsic or Infinite Values SEVEN Measuring Values in Three Dimensions EIGHT Axiology and Religion NINE Spiritual Development, Axiology, and Aesthetics Works Cited About the Authors Index