Phillips and eternal life: A response to Haldane

Philosophical Investigations 31 (3):237–251 (2008)
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This paper responds to John Haldane's recent criticisms of D. Z. Phillips' treatment of the Christian belief in eternal life. I argue that Haldane's attempt to show that Phillips only partially elucidates, and hence misrepresents, this belief is unsuccessful, the biblical and theological passages cited by Haldane being amenable to elucidation in terms of which Phillips would have approved. Haldane makes three points to support his main claim, and I argue that none of these has significant force against Phillips' position unless we presuppose the truth of some realist account of meaning, which Phillips would, of course, reject.
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