The Metaphysics of Cooperation

A Case Study of F.D. Maurice


This book takes up the philosophical task described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and F.D. Maurice as digging toward the common humanity that is the ground of value. The book is an essay in philosophy defined by time (its focal point is the nineteenth century), space (its focal point is Britain), and persons (it is concerned especially with Maurice's contribution to social theory). The first chapter explores the Victorian Age as historical context and background for Maurice's work. The second explores Coleridge's thought as philosophical context and background. The third explores a range of Maurice's theological works that spans his entire career. The fourth turns, finally, as Maurice did, to the practice of adult education as the place of social transformation and, more particularly, the contested terrain where human nature and human souls are turned to work in the world as persons, not hands.


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Biographical Note

Steven Schroeder is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Capital University in Ohio. He is the author of two previous books ( A Community and a Perspective: Lutheran Peace Fellowship and the Edge of the Church, 1941-1991 and Virginia Woolf’s Subject and the Subject of Ethics), as well as numerous scholarly articles in philosophy and religious studies. His poetry has appeared in Georgetown Review, Halcyon, Mosaic, Rambunctious Review, and the Emily Dickinson Award Anthology.

Review Quote

”Schroeder … makes his point on today’s relationship between intelligentsia and workers brilliantly … this book is a most pertinent and challenging study and a laudable attempt in philosophy to get things ‘back on track’.” in: The Heythrop Journal, Vol. 43, No. 2, April 2002

Table of contents

Foreword by Gary Dorrien. Preface. Acknowledgments. ONE Puzzled Into Silence. TWO A Circle of Friends. THREE A System That Is All Door. FOUR The Fever of the Miscellaneous Man. FIVE Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. About the Author. Index.