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Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven

T. Ryan Byerly and Eric J. Silverman


Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven is an edited volume of seventeen philosophical essays that systematically investigates heaven as conceived within theistic religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The volume addresses an unparalleled variety of topics concerning what life in paradise would, could, or will be like for human persons. While some chapters offer novel approaches to traditional questions about heaven, others break new ground by addressing new questions. The authors wrestle with questions about human life in paradise that span the spect ... More

Keywords: heaven, paradise, philosophy, philosophy of religion, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, virtue, free will

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198794301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. Ryan Byerly, editor
University of Sheffield

Eric J. Silverman, editor
Assistant Professor, Christopher Newport University

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T. Ryan Byerly and Eric J. Silverman

Part I The Basic Nature of Paradise

Part II The Epistemology of Paradise

Part III Virtue in Paradise

6 Paradise and Growing in Virtue

Timothy Pawl and Kevin Timpe

Part IV Paradise and Responding to Evil

7 Heavenly Sadness

Adam C. Pelser

Part V The Social and Political Philosophy of Paradise

9 In Defense of Animal Universalism

Shawn Graves, Blake Hereth, and Tyler M. John

Part VI Resurrection in Paradise

11 Composition and the Will of God

Eric T. Yang and Stephen T. Davis

Part VII Freedom in Paradise

14 Resting on Your Laurels

Brian P. Boeninger and Robert K. Garcia

Part VIII The Desirability of Paradise

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