Kierkegaard's God and Hawking's universe

Watkin, Julia (1997) Kierkegaard's God and Hawking's universe. RERC Second Series Occasional Papers.

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Stephen Hawking is one of the leading figures in 20th century physics and cosmology and, as is the case with many other results of current scientific research, his thought reaches and influences the outlook not only of those working in other areas of science and scholarship, but also of the man-in-the-street. As a result, the world-view of people in earlier periods of history is too often seen as out-of-date, necessarily defective or entirely incorrect, with plenty of examples of unchallengeable discoveries (such as the fact that the earth goes round the sun) to confirm this opinion. It is therefore perhaps not unfitting that one aim of this paper is to show that such an assumption is itself defective. Particularly, I wish to argue that the world-view of a leading mind in the 19th century, Søren Kierkegaard, is not only not "out-of-date" but is in fact highly relevant to some of the difficulties encountered by Stephen Hawking in his search for a unified explanation of the universe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;6.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 15:31
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 16:30

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