Consciousness and the Existence of God: A Theistic Argument

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In Consciousness and the Existence of God , JP Moreland argues that the existence of finite, irreducible consciousness (or its regular, law-like correlation with physical states) provides evidence for the existence of God. Considering Searle's contingent correlation, O'Connor's emergent necessitation, and Nagel's mysterian "naturalism," Moreland concludes that these versions of naturalism should be rejected in favor of what he calls "the Argument from Consciousness."

Author Biography

J.P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University. He has published over sixty articles in journals that include Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy and Metaphilosophy. He has authored, edited or contributed to thirty-five books including Universals (McGill-Queen's), Naturalism: A Critical Analysis (Routledge) and Does God Exist? (Prometheus).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
The epistemic backdrop for locating consciousness in a naturalist ontologyp. 1
The argument from consciousnessp. 28
John Searle and contingent correlationp. 53
Timothy O'Connor and emergent necessitationp. 70
Colin McGinn and mysterian "naturalism"p. 95
David Skrbina and panpsychismp. 114
Philip Clayton and pluralistic emergentist monismp. 135
Science and strong physicalismp. 156
AC, dualism and the fear of Godp. 175
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexesp. 230
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