Wright’s Version of Critical Realism

Losch, Andreas (2016). Wright’s Version of Critical Realism. In: Heilig, Christoph; Hewitt, Thomas J.; Bird, Michael F. (eds.) God and the Faithfulness of Paul: A Critical Examination of the Pauline Theology of N.T. Wright. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 413 (pp. 101-114). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck

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N. T. Wright’s research project “Christian Origins and the Question of God” is characterized by its use of the method of critical realism. Now, “critical realism” is a term that has been used in connection with different epistemo-logical positions because the term has been “constantly reinvented.” It is very easy to make up a term when one wants to distinguish oneself from an assumed naïve approach to reality. As has been observed earlier, the use of a distinct term does not necessarily mean the same if used by another author; the context is important. One has to track literal dependencies to evaluate whether continuity with former uses of a term is intended.
That is to say, the term “critical realism” has proven to be equivocal, although this has rarely been noticed . This does not mean that taking such a critical realist stance cannot present a decisive advantage over rather unreflective approaches to whatever sort of reality. Nevertheless, philosophically it can probably only be a start. The purpose of this contribution to this compendium will be to analyze the content claims and the status of N. T. Wright’s critical realism in these regards, with a special emphasis on Paul and the Faithfulness of God, of course.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

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Losch, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology
200 Religion > 220 The Bible




Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 413


Mohr Siebeck




Andreas Losch

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