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Philosophy

1994

Edith Cowan University

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Legitimating A Theodicy : Peter Berger And The Search For Meaning In Post-Enlightenment Society, James A. Collins Jan 1994

Legitimating A Theodicy : Peter Berger And The Search For Meaning In Post-Enlightenment Society, James A. Collins

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This thesis seeks to provide an overview and examination of the thought of the significant contemporary sociologist, Peter L. Berger. Berger is concerned with the issue of how meaning is constructed in modern, secular, bureaucratic society. Furthermore, this thesis seeks to outline, and trace the development of, Berger's thought. To achieve this the thesis examines Berger's use of the disciplines of the sociology of knowledge and religion, along with contemporary studies in religion and theology. Berger, by linking the function of a theodicy with that of making meaning, allows for theodicies to be conceived of in the broader ...