Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Inherent Good and the Objective Good

In the Boston lecture, Edwards exhibited the two orders, the objective and the inherent. The one we find, forced back to Newton and natural law, the other to Locke and perception. We cannot be certain how much was fully explicit in Edwards' mind, but considering how caution and reticence were thrust upon him, it appears that Edwards saw exactly where the modern problem is centered, upon this incompatibility of Newton and Locke, of the objective and the subjective, of the mechanical and the conscious. The effort of his life was to unite the two.

This is from Jonathan Edwards by Perry Miller. This is a book I have to read.

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