Persons: Human and Divine

Paperback | February 25, 2007

EditorPeter Van Inwagen, Dean Zimmerman

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The nature of persons is a perennial topic of debate in philosophy, currently enjoying something of a revival. In this volume for the first time metaphysical debates about the nature of human persons are brought together with related debates in philosophy of religion and theology. Fifteenspecially written essays explore idealist, dualist, and materialist views of persons, discuss specifically Christian conceptions of the value of embodiment, and address four central topics in philosophical theology: incarnation, resurrection, original sin, and the trinity.

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The nature of persons is a perennial topic of debate in philosophy, currently enjoying something of a revival. In this volume for the first time metaphysical debates about the nature of human persons are brought together with related debates in philosophy of religion and theology. Fifteenspecially written essays explore idealist, duali...

Peter van Inwagen is John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Dean Zimmerman is a Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:February 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199277513

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Table of Contents

Dean Zimmerman: Three Introductory QuestionsIdealism1. Robert M. Adams: Idealism Vindicated2. Howard Robinson: The Self and TimeDualism3. John Hawthorne: Cartesian Dualism4. Alvin Plantinga: Materialism and Christian Belief5. Richard Swinburne: From Mental/Physical Identity to Substance Dualism6. W. D. Hart and Takashi Yagisawa: Ghosts Are Chilly7. Hong Yu Wong: 'Cartesian Psychophysics'Materialism8. Peter van Inwagen: A Materialist Ontology of the Human Person9. Hud Hudson: I Am Not An Animal!Embodiment and the Value of Persons10. Philip L. Quinn: On the Intrinsic Value of Human Persons11. Lynne Rudder Baker: Persons and the Natural OrderPersonhood in Christian Doctrine12. Trenton Merricks: The Word Made Flesh: Dualism, Physicalism, and the Incarnation13. Peter Forrest: The Tree of Life: Agency and Immortality in a Metaphysics Inspired by Quantum Theory14. Michael Rea: The Metaphysics of Original Sin15. Brian Leftow: Modes without Modalism

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"The papers that make up the book are generally of high quality.... The book does not lack for intricate and often original arguments that speak for (or in some cases against) what some will regard as 'unverifiable' or 'undecidable' claims."--William R. Carter, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews