Philosophical Dimensions

  • Kristof Vanhoutte
  • Benjamin W. McCraw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kristof K. P. Vanhoutte, Benjamin W. McCraw
    Pages 1-16
  3. The Nature of Purgatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Gordon Graham
      Pages 19-32
    3. David Baggett, Jonathan Pruitt
      Pages 51-67
    4. Vincenzo Lomuscio
      Pages 69-87
    5. Neal Judisch
      Pages 89-107
  4. Purgatory and Historical Considerations

  5. Extending Purgatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Benjamin W. McCraw
      Pages 239-262
    3. Michaël Bauwens
      Pages 263-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-325

About this book


This book examines the concept of Purgatory. However, in contradistinction to the many monographs and edited volumes published in the past 50 years devoted to historical, cultural, or theological treatments of Purgatory—especially in proportion to the voluminous output on Heaven and Hell—this collection features papers by philosophers and other scholars engaged specifically in philosophical argument, debate, and dialogue involving conceptions of Purgatory and related ideas. It exists to broaden the discussion beyond the prevailing trends in the academic literature and fills an important intellectual gap.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kristof Vanhoutte
    • 1
  • Benjamin W. McCraw
    • 2
  1. 1.Pontifical University AntonianumRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American StudiesUniversity of South Carolina UpstateSpartanburgUSA

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