The Influence of Common Sense Realism on Alexander Campbell's View of the Nature of Scripture and Hermeneutics

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Title: The Influence of Common Sense Realism on Alexander Campbell's View of the Nature of Scripture and Hermeneutics
Author: Rasor, Peter Jay II
Advisor: Cabal, Theodore James
Abstract: This dissertation examines the influence of Common Sense Realism on

Alexander Campbell's view of the nature of Scripture and hermeneutics. The first

chapter discusses Campbell's relationship with the philosophy of Common Sense

Realism. This chapter in particular lays out the beginning of Common Sense as a

philosophy and the major contributors to the rise of Common Sense, namely, those

involved in the Aberdeen Philosophical Society. The second half of the chapter examines

Campbell's studies at Glasgow University, his references of Common Sense, and his

concerns that mirror those of Common Sense.

Chapters 2 and 3 show Campbell's acceptance of Common Sense

epistemology and philosophy of language, respectively. Chapter two examines three

main areas of epistemology to show how Campbell's correlates with Common Sense: the

avenues of knowledge, the powers of knowledge, and the acquisition of knowledge.

Chapter 3 continues on to the area of language to show how Campbell's correlates with

Common Sense.

Chapters 4 and 5 discuss how Campbell's acceptance of Common Sense's

epistemology and philosophy of language undergird his view of Scripture and

hermeneutics. In regard to Campbell's view of Scripture, a primary focus is divine

revelation and language. Chapter 5, which discusses Campbell's hermeneutics, brings

into view the theory of signs and tropes, to name only a few.

Finally, chapter 6 serves as a conclusion. It primarily focuses upon drawing

final conclusions from chapters two through five. In addition, a small discussion is

included concerning further research and implications that may be drawn from the

conclusions.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3805
Date: 2010-05

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