- Hardcover: 294 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409404935
- ISBN-13: 978-1409404934
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,971,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Personal Identity and Resurrection: How Do We Survive Our Death? 1st Edition
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'This is an important and timely collection of essays on the related topics of personal identity and the resurrection of the body that will be an important resource for students of metaphysics and philosophy of religion. The essays take the discussion forward in constructive and sometimes surprising ways, making it a valuable addition to the literature in this field. Highly recommended.' Oliver Crisp, University of Bristol, UK '... provide[s] a valuable resource for anyone trying to work out for themselves a coherent view of the general resurrection, and they also show that the application of philosophical method to theological questions is very much alive and kicking.' Journal of Theological Studies '... the volume covers an exceedingly broad range of areas, theses, and topics.' Theologische Revue 'For scholars interested in some current philosophical speculation on the metaphysical possibility of resurrection, this volume will be a very helpful and important resource. It will also be a significant point of reference for those attempting to rethink anthropology, particularly for those interested in its relation to theology. ... an important collection of notable voices that enable the conversation to move forward.' The Thomist
About the Author
Georg Gasser is Researcher at the Department of Christian Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His areas of specialization include Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophical Theology. He is the editor of How Successful is Naturalism? (2007).
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Specifically, the volume is an exercise in dialogical fides quaerens intellectum, where an article of religious faith (resurrection) is explored and justified using a broad range of intellectual resources including "materialist to dualist conceptions of the human person and involve[ing] classical theological approaches, recent analytic metaphysics, and various ideas from continental philosophy" (p. 2). The results are often brilliant and occasionally highly creative models of personal identity and speculative theories of bodily resurrection.
In short, like most well-crafted works in the philosophy of religion, this collection leads to reflection on its topic but also on the nature of the field and its relationship to theology as well. In this lies the highest strength of Gasser's collection and its authors' greatest gift to their reader.