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On the Nature and Existence of God : Cambridge Philosophy Classics - Richard M. Gale

On the Nature and Existence of God

Cambridge Philosophy Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd January 1994
ISBN: 9780521457231
Number Of Pages: 436

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There has been in recent years a plethora of defences of theism from analytical philosophers: Richard Gale's important book is a critical response to these writings. New versions of cosmological, ontological, and religious experience arguments are critically evaluated, along with pragmatic arguments to justify faith on the grounds of its prudential or moral benefits. In considering arguments for and against the existence of God, Gale is able to clarify many important philosophical concepts including exploration, time, free will, personhood, actuality, and the objectivity of experience.

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'On the Nature and Existence of God is a remarkable book ... the book can hardly fail to be a rich source instruction, reflection, and - last, but not least - entertainment.' Dialogue ' ... a superb piece of philosophy of its kind (his arguments are ingenious and thorough beyond any telling there).' Philosophy and Phenomenological Research ' ... Gale's book is a treasure of contemporary philosophy of religion. Closely and cogently argued ...' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion ' ... clear, forceful, witty and provocative.' Religious Studies

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Atheological Arguments
Atheology and the nature of Godp. 15
The creation-immutability argumentp. 37
The omniscience-immutability argumentp. 57
The deductive argument from evilp. 98
The argument from world-relative actualityp. 179
Theological Arguments
Ontological argumentsp. 201
Cosmological argumentsp. 238
Religious-experience argumentsp. 285
Pragmatic argumentsp. 344
Notesp. 389
Indexp. 418
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ISBN: 9780521457231
ISBN-10: 0521457238
Series: Cambridge Philosophy Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 3rd January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 17.07  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.65