Which comes first?

Being, knowledge, or value?

Or, all of the above?

    • Margaret
    • January 27th, 2011

    First in time or first in priority?

    • Joseph Pollard
    • January 27th, 2011

    Being comes first both in time and reality, as neither knowledge (of anything) nor any value is useful if a person isn’t.

    • Will Sprague
    • January 27th, 2011

    Logical order?

    In the mind of God: Value (in His image), Knowledge (His image, the Word/Son), and Being (Creational decree flowing from the Value of the Word/Knowledge of HImself in the Son).

    From the perspective of the personal creature: Value (Love), Knowledge (Consummation), and Being (Product of those).

    From the perspective of the creature in respect of himself (!): Value (Essence/image of God), Knowledge (internally mediated!), and Being (Subjective, Existential)

    Does any of that make sense?

    ‘Cause I made it up. I’ll still defend it ’til my dying breath. Or until I stop defending it.

    The answer is of course simple: Yes.

  1. It’s interesting that each of you approached this question from a different direction (or, if you like, perspective). And, none of you picked the perspective from which I originally framed the question. The question came originally out of a John Frame introduction to philosophy in which he divides philosophy into three categories (which, I believe, are metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, corresponding to being, knowledge, and value). He then asks, “Which of these should be studied first?” The answer, of course, is that all of these can be comprehended in each of them, so in one sense it doesn’t matter which is studied first.
    So, again, it’s interesting that this extremely short and vague post drew so many comments as well as answers from different perspectives. Of course, I’m way too intellectually accommodating to comment on any of your actual answers… Hehe.

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