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Write-up2 (as at 14/07/2019 18:05:46): Religion
- This Note doesn’t directly relate to my studies in the Philosophy of Religion, which has its own set of pages on my website, and quarterly Status Report4.
- Rather this Note has to do with the – historical and contemporary – ways in which religious questions and commitments have influenced philosophers in their discussions of personal identity.
- I disagree fundamentally with philosophers such as Alvin Plantinga that belief in God is “epistemologically basic”, but claim that philosophy asks questions that are prior to any others, except metaphilosophical questions5.
- Locke6’s thoughts on personal identity were initially motivated by worries about the metaphysics of Resurrection7, theodicy and other forensic8 concerns.
- I’ve noted elsewhere contemporary Christian Materialist9 Philosophers10 and their thoughts on the topic of personal identity.
- I’ve not yet made much of a study of Jewish views where these diverge from Christian views.
- No doubt Muslim philosophers have similar concerns and motivations, but I have not investigated them (yet).
- I have, however, had a brief look at Hindu and Buddhist11 thought on the topic of Reincarnation12 and Karma.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read13, include the following:-
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- This is mostly a place-holder14. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/07/2019 18:05:46).
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- Which are also philosophical, so part of philosophy itself.
- The Note on Christian Materialism also references other contemporary philosophers with Christian affiliation, and their thoughts on personal identity.
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