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  1. Leonard Angel (2010). Deeply Imaginative Scepticism. Dialogue 49 (3):489-496.
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  2. Leonard Angel (2010). The Importance of Physicalism in the Philosophy of Religion. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (3):141 - 156.
    First, some say that core physicalism is not anti-religion. I argue that this seems to be incorrect. Physical completeness is a core element of contemporary physicalism; (the evidence for physical completeness is strong); and physical completeness both logically and not strictly logically rejects many central religious views. Consequently, there is a sense in which core physicalism is, in an important way, anti-religion. Second, physical completeness positively supports one significant religious view; and physical completeness permits one to hold two others. The (...)
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  3. Leonard Angel (2009). Quintuple Extension: Mind, Body, Humanism, Religion, Secularism. Zygon 44 (3):699-718.
    Extension of the system that includes the key substrates for sensation, perception, emotion, volition, and cognition, and all representational sources for cognition, supports the view that there is an extended mind and an extended body. These intellectual views can be made practical in a humanist system based on extensions and in religious systems based on extensions. Independently, there is also an institutional extension of secularism. Hence, I maintain, there are five principal forms of extension.
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  4. Leonard Angel (2006). An Interview with LA Universal Self. Sophia 45 (1):79-93.
    LA Universal Self reports his phenomenology, according to which, as he puts it, ‘I am the universe’. The Interviewer challenges the report in a variety of ways, and LA Universal Self responds to each challenge. A traditional Universal Self mysticism is given a new physicalist interpretation.
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  5. James W. McAllister, Leonard Angel, Jonathan Bain, Craig Callender, Tian Yu Cao, Lisa Dolling, Gerald D. Doppelt, Antony Eagle, Henry Folse & Mélanie Frappier (2006). Editor's Report, 2005. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 20 (2).
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  6. Leonard Angel (2005). Compositional Science and Religious Philosophy. Religious Studies 41 (2):125-143.
    Religious thought often assumes that the principle of physical causal completeness (PCC) is false. But those who explicitly deny or doubt PCC, including William Alston, W. D. Hart, Tim Crane, Paul Moser and David Yandell, Charles Taliaferro, Keith Yandell, Dallas Willard, William Vallicella, Frank Dilley, and, recently, David Chalmers, have ignored not only the explicit but also the implicit grounds for acceptance of PCC. I review the explicit grounds, and extend the hitherto implicit grounds, which together constitute a greater challenge (...)
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  7. Leonard Angel (2005). Evens and Odds in Newtonian Collision Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (1):179-188.
    can prevent non-contact interactions in Newtonian collision mechanics. The proposal is weakened by the apparent arbitrariness of what will be shown as the requirement of only an odd number of sets of some ex nihilo-created self-exciting particles. There is, however, an initial condition such that, without the ex nihilo self-exciting particles, either there is a contradictory outcome, or there is a non-contact configuration law, or there are odds versus evens indeterminacies. With the various odds versus evens arbitrarinesses and other such (...)
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  8. Leonard Angel (2004). God, Mysticism, and Libertarianism, Versus Physical Completeness. Philosophical Inquiry 26 (4):89-113.
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  9. Leonard Angel (2004). Universal Self Consciousness Mysticism and the Physical Completeness Principle. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 55 (1):1-29.
    Philosophers promoting a version ofUniversal Self Consciousness mysticism(including Wainwright, Alston, Hick, Wilber andForman) take it that their interpretations ofmysticism are consistent with currentscientific findings. However, their theorieshave been implicitly or explicitly against thecentral claim arising from science, namely, thephysical causal completeness principle. Thereis strong ground to accept physical causalcompleteness for human functioning, and theassessment of physical completeness isindependent of the phenomenology of UniversalSelf Consciousness mystical experience.Further, there is a positive account ofUniversal Self Consciousness mysticism thataccepts physical causal completeness. Such anaccount (...)
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  10. Leonard Angel (2002). Mystical Naturalism. Religious Studies 38 (3):317-338.
    This paper suggests that an ontologically reductionist view of nature which also accepts the completeness of causality at the level of physics can support (1) the blissful transfiguration of the moral, (2) mystical release from standard ego-identification, and (3) psycho-physical transformation cultivated through meditative practice. This mystical naturalism provides the basis for a thicker, more vigorous institutional religious life, including religious life centred around meditation practices, personalist meanings, and the theology of incarnation, than current proposals for strongly naturalist religions allow.
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  11. Leonard Angel (2002). Zeno's Arrow, Newton's Mechanics, and Bell's Inequalities. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (2):161-182.
    A model of a new version of Zeno's arrow paradox is presented in a plausible extension of Newtonian collision mechanics. In exploring various avenues for resolution of the paradox, it becomes evident that a prerelativistic classical physical topology which is locally deterministic can mechanically generate nonclassical ontological properties such as the appearance of a particle in many places at once. It can also mimic some properties of quantum physics, including unprepared spatially-separated correlations. 1 Zeno's arrow paradox 2 Newtonian collision mechanics (...)
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  12. Leonard Angel (2001). A Physical Model of Zeno's Dichotomy. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (2):347-358.
    A model of Zeno's dichotomy paradox is presented in Newtonian collision mechanics. One of several resolutions of the paradox illustrates the point that even in Newtonian ontology there is a spacetime weave. In a Newtonian system in which the base rules permit only spatial contact interactions, we find the mechanical emergence of action-at-a-distance effects.
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  13. Leonard Angel (2000). Wayne Grennan, Informal Logic: Issues and Techniques Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 20 (2):112-114.
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  14. Leonard Angel (1995). Becoming Bamboo Robert E. Carter Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992, Xvi + 224 Pp.The Nothingness Beyond God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nishida Kitaro Robert E. Carter New York: Paragon House, 1989, Xxvii + 191 Pp.God, the Self, and Nothingness: Reflections Eastern and Western Robert E. Carter, Ed. New York: Paragon House, 1990, Xxxix + 291 Pp. [REVIEW] Dialogue 34 (02):409-.
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  15. Leonard Angel (1994). Am I a Computer? In Eric Dietrich (ed.), Thinking Computers and Virtual Persons. Academic Press.
     
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  16. Leonard Angel (1991). AW Moore, The Infinite Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 11 (3):220-222.
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  17. Leonard Angel (1991). God, the Devil and the Perfect Pizza: Ten Philosophical Questions Trudy Govier Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1989, 198 P., $12.95Faith, Freedom, and Value: Introductory Philosophical Dialogues Randolph M. Feezell Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989, 186 P., $10.95The Magic of Unknowing: An East-West Soliloquy Mervyn Sprung Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1987, 159 P., $17.95. [REVIEW] Dialogue 30 (04):640-.
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  18. Leonard Angel, D. M. Armstrong, Cambridge Cambridge & M. C. Banner (1990). Appearance in This List Does Not Preclude a Future Review of the Book. Where They Are Known Prices Are Given Either in $ US or in£ UK. Books Which Are Not, Centrally, Academic Philosophy Appear in a Supplementary List at the End. Al Azmeh, Aziz, Ibn Khaldun, London, Routledge, 1990, 191pp., Paper£ 8.95 Aldwinckle, Stella, Christ's Shadow in Plato's Cave, Oxford, The Amate Press. [REVIEW] Mind 99:395.
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  19. Leonard Angel (1989). How to Build a Conscious Machine. Westview Press.
     
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  20. Leonard Angel (1978). Reconstructing the Ineffable: The Grammatical Roles of 'God'. Religious Studies 14 (4):485 - 495.
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