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On the Nature and Existence of God


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Paul K. Moser
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507100

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  • First published in 1991, Richard M. Gale's classic book is a response to and critique of new, contemporary arguments for the existence of God from analytical philosophers. Considering concepts including time, free will, personhood, actuality and the objectivity of experience, Gale evaluates the new versions of cosmological, ontological, pragmatic and religious experience arguments that emerged in the late-twentieth century. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Paul K. Moser, illuminating its enduring importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work has been revived for a new generation of readers.

    • Unique to Cambridge, this classic book has been revived and rebranded for a twenty-first-century readership
    • Evaluates the contemporary, analytical arguments for the existence of God from the late twentieth century
    • Considers metaphysical concepts, including time, free will, personhood and actuality
    • Features a specially commissioned preface written by Paul K. Moser
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'On the Nature and Existence of God is a remarkable book … [it] can hardly fail to be a rich source instruction, reflection, and - last, but not least - entertainment.' Dialogue

    '… 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

    'On the Nature and Existence of God was first published in 1991 and it is still a valuable contribution to the philosophy of religion. It deals with important questions concerning the philosophical and theological adequacy of a particular concept of God (that of classical theism).' Benedikt Paul Göcke, Reading Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507100
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to this edition Paul K. Moser
    Part I. Atheological Arguments:
    1. Atheology and the nature of God
    2. The creation - immutability argument
    3. The omniscience - immutability argument
    4. The deductive argument from evil
    5. The argument from world-relative actuality
    Part II. Theological Arguments:
    6. Ontological arguments
    7. Cosmological arguments
    8. Religious-experience arguments
    9. Pragmatic arguments

  • Author

    Richard M. Gale
    Richard M. Gale is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is best-known for his research in the areas of time, negation and non-being, philosophy of religion, William James and John Dewey. He is the editor or author of many books, including The Existence of God (with Alexander Pruss, 2003).


    Paul K. Moser

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