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Developmental TheismFrom Pure Will to Unbounded Love$
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Peter Forrest

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214587.001.0001

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Materialism and Dualism

Materialism and Dualism

(p.51) 3 Materialism and Dualism
Developmental Theism

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This chapter rejects reductive materialism (in favour of moderate materialism), as are various kinds of dualism. It discusses the correlation of the mental with the physical, together with the qualia problem, which seems to support dualism. This provides the positive case for moderate materialism. Even if it is rejected, a philosophical theology based upon it remains of interest because of the current popularity of materialism. In addition there is a serious dilemma for dualists who are theists: either the psycho-physical laws are exceptions to the way in which the laws of nature are the result of God's choice, or these laws undermine the precedent that human agency sets for the postulate of divine agency.

Keywords:   divine agency, dualism, moderate materialism, psycho-physical laws, reductive materialism

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