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Reason, Spirits and Criteria

  • Terence Penelhum (a1)


These comments are a response to Professor John King-Farlow's criticism of three of my essays that have recently been reprinted in the volume Analytical Philosophy of Religion in Canada, edited by Mostafa Faghfoury. I shall try to present them in a way that is intelligible to those not familiar with the book; but, inevitably, the choice of topics will be determined by the particular disagreements between King-Farlow and myself that emerged there, and will not deal with the many questions on which we have similar views.



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1 Faghfoury, Mostafa, ed., Analytical Philosophy of Religion in Canada (Ottawa: Univer sity of Ottawa Press, 1982).

2 These were summarized in“Survival and Identity”, but were argued earlier in Penelhum, Terence, Survival and Disembodied Existence (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970).

3 See Chapter 8 of Hick, John, Faith and Knowledge (2nd ed.; Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1966), and the essay “Theology and Verification” in Theology Today 17 (1960).

4 See Schlick, Moritz, “Meaning and Verification”, Philosophical Review 45 (1936), reprinted in H. Feigl and W. Sellars, eds., Readings in Philosophical Analysis (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1949); andAyer, A. J., Language, Truth, and Logic (London: Gollancz, 1946).

5 See Penelhum, Survival, chaps. 2, 5 and 6.

6 See Locke, John, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II, chap. 27, ed. Nidditch, Peter H. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975; reprinted with corrections 1979).

7 See the dissertation “Of Personal Identity” appended to Butler, Joseph, Analogy of Religion, ed. Bernard, J. H. (London: Macmillan, 1900).

Reason, Spirits and Criteria

  • Terence Penelhum (a1)


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