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The Presence of Persons and the Presence of God

  • James KellenbergerEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)

Abstract

In this chapter the experience of coming into the presence of persons is sharply distinguished from an inference, using an argument by analogy, that there are “other minds.” The putative necessity for such an argument stems from an acceptance of a certain philosophical “picture,” and this chapter makes clear that this “picture” need not be assumed and in no way informs the experience of coming into the presence of persons. In the same way in this chapter the experience of coming into the presence of God is distinguished from the teleological argument for God’s existence. Also in this chapter, two further points of analogy between coming into the presence of persons and coming into the presence of God are discussed. One relates to coming into the presence of God and coming into the presence of all persons. The other relates to what prevents the discovery of the inherent worth of persons and what prevents the discovery of the Being of God. Often, it is argued, it may be the same state of mind.

Keywords

Theories of the self and the problem of other minds Two further respects of analogy Analogy between what prevents coming into the presence of God and persons 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NorthridgeUSA

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