God and the Self
Insights from Major Thinkers in the Western Philosophical Tradition
About the Book
“The principles found in the material presented in this book, delivered to me by Dr. Lucas, made so much sense to me at a critical juncture in my career. My plight was having achieved in my career, but not having believed in the ‘self’, though strongly believing in God as I was taught. Understanding the balance, the partnership described in this book, took me to another level. I believe it can do the same for any reader!”
~Dr. Wally R. Smith
Professor of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
In God and the Self, author D. Pulane Lucas explores the dynamic and complex notions of God and the self from a number of philosophical perspectives, highlighting the evolving nature of discourse about the self. Opening with an examination of freedom, guilt and the moral law, this three-part volume examines the work of Kant, Coleridge, and Nietzsche before analyzing the views and influences of Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Schleiermacher on conceptions of God and the self. A final section on self-awareness investigates the self from the pragmatic perspective and draws upon the works of William James and George Herbert Mead, with each essay in the volume examining a fundamental way of conceptualizing and understanding the self with a historical and theoretical perspective.
Human beings are endowed with the abilities to self-reflect, imagine, and create. These capabilities have contributed to ancient and modern thinkers’ desires for deeper understandings of humanity, universal laws, and omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient beings. Exploring complex notions of God and the self can enhance cognitive flexibility and promote a more in-depth understanding of the self. With self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-empowerment, and self-appreciation, we can value our self-worth and reawaken the genius in each of us so that we can gain greater control of our thoughts, actions, and lives.
About the Author
D. Pulane Lucas holds a PhD in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master of arts degree from Harvard University, a master of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dr. Lucas advocates cognitive flexibility as an approach to idea generation, problem solving, and personal well-being. She is a consultant in research, proposal writing, and program evaluation, and her research interests focus on organizational change, disruptive innovation theory, and public and health policy. Dr. Lucas teaches in the School of Business at Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Lucas is married to Rev. Dr. Frederick A. Lucas Jr., and she is the mother of Stanley and Fredericka.