Translation of Works of Jules Lequyer. The Hornbeam Leaf, the Dialogue of the Predestinate and the Reprobate, Eugene and Theophilus

Author: Viney, Donald
Lequyer, Jules
Year:1998
Pages:184
ISBN:0-7734-8366-7
978-0-7734-8366-8
Price:79.95
Translated, Edited and With an Introduction by Donald Wayne Viney.
The translator's Introduction provides a brief account of Lequyer's life and an orientation to his thought on the question of foreknowledge and human free will. The Hornbeam Leaf is a brief autobiographical reflection on Lequyer's first realization of the feeling of freedom. It is an impressionistic but vivid summary of the main themes of Lequyer's philosophy of freedom. The Dialogue of the Predestinate and the Reprobate is an imaginative, passionate, and philosophically informed discussion of the problem of human freedom and divine omniscience. Renouvier called it 'a dramatic metaphysical masterpiece, probably without equal in any literature.' Eugene and Theophilus summarizes Lequyer's views on freedom and foreknowledge.

Reviews

“The quality of Viney’s scholarship and the fit between Lequyer’s work and the foundations of modern process philosophy and theology mark this volume as a significant addition to process literature. Viney’s introduction analyzes Lequyer’s work clearly enough for philosophy initiates, yet with enough penetration and insight to engage the professional. . . . Professor Viney’s volume not only provides a polished translation but contributes valuable original work by examining Lequyer’s implications for traditional theology and by showing Lequyer’s relevance to contemporary philosophical debates in the philosophy of religion.” – The Midwest Quarterly "Scholars within the pragmatic and process traditions will find this work to be of considerable importance, as will other types of metaphysicians, as well as historians of philosophy and theologians." - Donald A. Crosby

"Lequier's work is historically important and relevant to contemporary conversations in analytic, Continental and process philosophy of religion. Yet, he has been terribly neglected. Professor Viney's project is thus of urgent priority for all scholars working in the field of modern European/American historiography of ideas. . . . everything I have ever seen from the hand of Donald Viney has been of the highest standard: professional, extremely thorough, very well-written, well-organized, aesthetically appealing, technically proficient and deeply thoughtful. . . . Viney has an outstanding reputation within the North American process studies community." - George W. Shields

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Foreword by Robert Kane
Jules Lequyer - Bold Traveler in the Worlds of Thought
Lequyer's Life
Lequyer's Philosophy of Freedom
Theological Applications
Questioning the Doctors
The Mechanics of Omniscience
Conclusion
The Hornbeam Leaf
The Dialogue of the Predestinate and the Reprobate
Eugene and Theophilus
Appendix: Jean Grenier's Outline of the Dialogue
Bibliography