<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Atkinson (Thomas) - Conceivability, Possibility and the Resurrection of Material Beings (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21948.htm">Conceivability, Possibility and the Resurrection of Material Beings</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Atkinson (Thomas).htm">Atkinson (Thomas)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 80 (2):115-132 (2016)</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21948.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In his 1998 postscript to  The Possibility of Resurrection Peter van Inwagen argues that the scenario he describes by which God might resurrect a human organism, even though probably not true, is still conceivable and, consequently,  serves to establish a possibility , namely, the metaphysical possibility of the resurrection of material beings. Van Inwagen, however, has also argued in favour of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm"> modal</A><SUP>1</SUP> scepticism [van Inwagen in, God, knowledge and mystery: essays in philosophical theology, Cornell University Press, Ithaca 1995b, pp. 11 12; van Inwagen in, Philos Stud 92:67 84, 1998a]. That is, he thinks that we should limit all our claims about what is possible to  ordinary propositions about everyday matters , 1998a). In this paper I argue that van Inwagen s <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>2</SUP> argument as found in  The Possibility of Resurrection is inconsistent with his <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> scepticism as found in <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm"> Modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> Epistemology . In consequence, I argue that, given his <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>5</SUP> scepticism, the task van Inwagen set himself in  The Possibility of Resurrection has not been achieved. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>For the paper, see <a name="W3756W"></a><A HREF = "https://philpapers.org/archive/ATKCPA-3.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:08" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:08:29</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>