- Series: American University Studies (Book 189)
- Hardcover: 138 pages
- Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (September 4, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820445290
- ISBN-13: 978-0820445298
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,229,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Metaphysics of Theism and Modality (American University Studies)
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«Many philosophers, such as D. M. Armstrong and Wilfrid Sellars, have maintained that widely accepted versions of philosophical naturalism require a rejection of abstract objects since these are non-spatiotemporal entities and, thus, not within the cosmos, and since it is hard to depict knowledge of them by way of scientifically acceptable forms of causal interaction. Moreover, modal realism regarding properties, relations, and propositions is also a problem for traditional theism because these entities are at the same time necessary beings and asymmetrically dependent on God for their existence. Richard Brian Davis’s ‘The Metaphysics of Theism and Modality’ is a rigorous, careful treatment of this problem. Its greatest strength lies in two areas: First, it provides a helpful survey of important solutions to the problem and, second, it proffers a modest solution unique to Davis. This book is another sign of the vitality of contemporary analytic philosophy of religion and it advances the discussion admirably.» (J. P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, California)
About the Author
The Author: Richard Brian Davis is Professor of Philosophy at Tyndale College (Toronto, Canada). Davis, a graduate of the University of Alberta, received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. From 1995 to 1998, he was the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and he won the ACPA Young Scholars Award in 1997. He has published articles on metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.