The Intellectual World of Sir John Templeton

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    March 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022

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    Big Questions

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Director: Alister McGrath

Institution: The Chancellors Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford

This project, directed by Alister McGrath, seeks to situate Sir John Templeton’s worldview in historical context. Its goal is to identify the precedents for the major ideas that comprise Sir John’s worldview, and thereby situate them in relation to relevant past and contemporary discussions about similar topics. By focusing on the sources on which he drew, historical analysis of Sir John’s worldview—that is, establishing how his ideas relate to the work of past and present figures who have written about similar issues—will provide a much fuller picture not only of what Sir John thought, but also what influenced his thinking. The outputs from the project will be two articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, the manuscript of an accessible yet scholarly and rigorous book, and a popular article intended for wide readership. We anticipate that these outputs will increase the level of public understanding of Sir John and his vision.


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