Behind, Between, and Beyond Anthropomorphic Models of Ultimate Reality

Philosophia 35 (3-4):407-425 (2007)
Abstract
The plurality of models of ultimate reality is a central problem for religious philosophy. This essay sketches what is involved in mounting comparative inquiries across the plurality of models. In order to illustrate what advance would look like in such a comparative inquiry, an argument is presented to show that highly anthropomorphic models of ultimate reality are inferior to a number of competitors. This paper was delivered as a keynote address during the APA Pacific 2007 Mini-Conference on Models of God
Keywords God  Ultimate reality  Comparative philosophy  Anthropomorphism  Mystical theology  Apophaticism
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