A Companion to Philosophy of Religion by Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, Philip L. Quinn

By Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, Philip L. Quinn

In eighty five new and up to date essays, this entire quantity presents an authoritative consultant to the philosophy of religion.

  • Includes contributions from verified philosophers and emerging stars
  • 22 new entries have now been additional, and all fabric from the former version has been up to date and reorganized
  • Broad assurance spans the components of global religions, theism, atheism, , the matter of evil, technology and faith, and ethics

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Its most influential exposition may be found in a work called Abhidharmakosa (“Treasury of Abhidharma”), probably composed in India in the fourth century ce by Vasubandhu (for a translation see Pruden 1988–90). According to this theory, objects that appear to be extended in space or to last longer than an instant are in fact composed of collocations of dharmas, either aggregated in space or strung together causally through time. Further, proponents of this ontology are typically interested in providing a catalog or list of the kinds of dharma there are, and then of accounting for medium-sized physical objects – trees, say, or tables – in terms of the different kinds of dharma that may be found aggregated or connected causally in them.

The claim that everything is impermanent, then, is an initial step in the development of an ontology that will be accurate and that will as a result foster a properly dispassionate emotional condition. But it is a claim capable of numerous construals. Four have been influential among Buddhist philosophers, and to varying degrees they all remain so. The first is an attempt to develop an atomistic ontology according to which every existent occupies the smallest amount of space possible and lasts for the shortest amount of time possible.

Lingat, R. The Classical Law of India (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963). Matilal, B. K. Ethics and Epics (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001). , ed. Indian Philosophy: A Collection of Readings. vol. 4: Philosophy of Religion (New York: Garland, 2001). , ed. Indian Philosophy of Religion (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1989). Additional recommendations by editors Brockington, J. L. The Sacred Thread: Hinduism in Its Continuity and Diversity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1981). Raju, P.

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