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ISBN-13: 978-0742559622
ISBN-10: 0742559629
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A promising new series that offers noteable contemporary philosophers the opportunity to write books in a neglected format that has proven historically to be remarkably fruitful. (Steven M. Cahn)

As Plato knew, something lives in dialogue that no other form of writing has―it's like a fishing net that strains truth from the sea. Charles Taliaferro has figured it out, and in Dialogues about God he uses Plato's old technique to teach readers about the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of miracles. A fun, lively, and―most of all―helpful book. (Joseph Bottum, Editor, FIRST THINGS)

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Charles Taliaferro is professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Dialogues in Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742559629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742559622
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,963,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I teach 100/200 level philosophy courses and, as I'm sure most other professors will agree, students seem to engage more by writing that is done in a dialogue style format. (My guess is that this is typically because the material is explained in a more succinct and direct manner. I stress "typically" as some will likely say Plato is neither succinct no direct.) Nonetheless, I find that I have a much easier time getting students to engage with the dialogues over straight-forward prose. That said I was delighted to see this new series of books (yes there are others!) dedicated to presenting contemporary philosophical material via the dialogue and Mr. Taliaferro's book is a helpful introduction to those interested in philosophy of religion.

First a few points why I think this book is great for the philosophy professor/student and then a short review. (If you don't care about the teaching aspects feel free to skip the following points.)

1) The book will introduce a wide-variety of topics that the professor could expound upon. This includes topics in philosophy of mind, ethics, epistemology, etc. (Basically, most areas of philosophy.) However, don't be concerned that the material is too esoteric and requires a broad knowledge of philosophy. I find that the discussion is pitched at a level of a underclassmen just fine and any moderately diligent student will be able to understand the main lines of argument.

2) By introducing various topics within the discussion about god some context is given and this is invaluable for the new student. Often I find that in reading an intro text the students simply don't know what to do with the information. Hopefully, I provide that in class, but in this case they are given some context from the outset which is great.
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