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  1. The Ethics of Virtual Reality Technology: Social Hazards and Public Policy Recommendations.James S. Spiegel - 2018 - Science and Engineering Ethics 24 (5):1537-1550.
    This article explores four major areas of moral concern regarding virtual reality technologies. First, VR poses potential mental health risks, including Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder. Second, VR technology raises serious concerns related to personal neglect of users’ own actual bodies and real physical environments. Third, VR technologies may be used to record personal data which could be deployed in ways that threaten personal privacy and present a danger related to manipulation of users’ beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. Finally, there are other moral and (...)
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    The Moral Irony of Humility.James S. Spiegel - 2003 - Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 6 (1):131-150.
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    Cultivating Self-Control: Foundations and Methods in the Christian Theological Tradition.James S. Spiegel - 2020 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 13 (2):193-210.
    In the New Testament the concept of self-control or voluntary restraint of one’s desires is highlighted as a “fruit of the Spirit,” a trait of the spiritually mature, and a hallmark of Christian leadership. But as a Christian virtue, self-control is a product of spiritual discipline, a trait for which the Christian must engage in “strict training.” This biblical theme has inspired a long history of Christian moral-spiritual practices aimed at cultivating self-mastery or strength of will. Here I discuss several (...)
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    Open‐Mindedness and Disagreement.James S. Spiegel - 2019 - Metaphilosophy 50 (1-2):175-189.
    The current debate about disagreement has as rivals those who take the steadfast view and those who affirm conciliationism. Those on the steadfast side maintain that resolute commitment to a belief is reasonable despite peer disagreement. Conciliationists say that peer disagreement necessarily undermines warrant for one’s belief. This article discusses the relevance of open‐mindedness to the matter of peer disagreement. It shows how both the steadfast and the conciliatory perspective are consistent with a robust and substantive display of open‐mindedness. However, (...)
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    Contest and Indifference: Two Models of Open-Minded Inquiry.James S. Spiegel - 2017 - Philosophia 45 (2):789-810.
    While open-mindedness as an intellectual trait has been recognized for centuries, Western philosophers have not explicitly endorsed it as a virtue until recently. This acknowledgment has been roughly coincident with the rise of virtue epistemology. As with any virtue, it is important to inform contemporary discussion of open-mindedness with reflection on sources from the history of philosophy. Here I do just this. After reviewing two major accounts of open-mindedness, which I dub "Contest" and "Indifference," I explore some ideas pertinent to (...)
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  6. Why same-sex marriage is unjust.James S. Spiegel - 2016 - Think 15 (43):81-90.
    Proponents of same-sex marriage often defend their view by appealing to the concept of justice. But a significant argument from justice against same-sex marriage can be made also, as follows. Heterosexual union has special social value because it is the indispensable means by which humans come into existence. What has special social value deserves special recognition and sanction. Civil ordinances that recognize same-sex marriage as comparable to heterosexual marriage constitute a rejection of the special social value of heterosexual unions, and (...)
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    Annihilation, everlasting torment, and divine justice.James S. Spiegel - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 76 (3):241-248.
    A major source of disagreement among proponents of the traditionalist and conditionalist views of hell regards the proportionality criterion, according to which the justice of a punishment must match the severity of the offense. Conditionalists often argue that eternal conscious torment is too severe, given that the sins of any human being are finite. Traditionalists, however, typically insist that the perfect moral status of God requires infinite punishment for the damned. The discussion usually proceeds on the assumption that eternal conscious (...)
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    Open-mindedness and Religious Devotion.James S. Spiegel - 2013 - Sophia 52 (1):143-158.
    To be open-minded is to be willing to revise or entertain doubts about one’s beliefs. Commonly regarded as an intellectual virtue, and often too as a moral virtue, open-mindedness is a trait that is generally desirable for a person to have. However, in the major theistic traditions, absolute commitment to one’s religious beliefs is regarded as virtuous or ideal. But one cannot be completely resolved about an issue and at the same time be open to revising one’s beliefs about it. (...)
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  9. Why flatulence is funny.James S. Spiegel - 2013 - Think 12 (35):15-24.
    Toot. Pass gas. Break wind. Cut the cheese. Float an air biscuit. Burp from behind. Blow the brown horn. The backfire, bant, bucksnort, booty bomb, colon cologne, drifter, fanny bubble, gasser, gurgler, moon beam, nether belch, pants puffer, pooh tune, rip-snort, sphincter whistle, thunder dumpling, tush tickler, and trouser cough. These are synonyms for a bodily function that is as natural as breathing, eating, or sleeping. Yet unlike other physiological functions, the ‘flatus’ is a source of endless humor – perhaps (...)
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    Idealism and Christian theology.Joshua R. Farris, S. Mark Hamilton & James S. Spiegel (eds.) - 2016 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
    In the recent history of philosophy few works have appeared which favorably portray Idealism as a plausible philosophical view of the world. Considerably less has been written about Idealism as a viable framework for doing theology. While the most recent and significant works on Idealism, composed by the late John Foster (Case for Idealism and A World for Us: The Case for Phenomenological Idealism), have put this theory back on the philosophical map, no such attempt has been made to re-introduce (...)
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  11. Liberation Through Sensuality: Cinematic Moral Vision in an Age of Feeling.R. Douglas Geivett & James S. Spiegel - unknown
    The aim of this paper is to cast light upon the moral vision—the vision of what is good and what is obligatory —that governs many if not most of the motion pictures produced in the United States in recent years. I especially have in mind productions such as Pleasantville, Cider House Rules , and American Beauty , and will give special attention to these three movies in what follows. But the phenomenon in question extends far beyond these cases. The basic (...)
     
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    Berkeleyan idealism and Christian philosophy.James S. Spiegel - 2017 - Philosophy Compass 12 (2):e12400.
    Berkeleyan idealism, or ‘immaterialism,’ has had an enormous impact on the history of philosophy during the last three centuries. In recent years, Christian scholars have been especially active in exploring ways that Berkeley's thesis may be fruitfully applied to a variety of issues in philosophy and theology. This essay provides an overview of some of the ways Christian philosophers have deployed immaterialism to solve problems and generate insights in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and philosophical (...)
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  13. Berkeley on divine human agency : a teleological reconstrual.James S. Spiegel - 2021 - In Gregory E. Ganssle (ed.), Philosophical Essays on Divine Causation. Routledge.
     
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  14. Dialogue and disagreement in the Christian community.James S. Spiegel & Ryan M. Pflum - 2009 - In Matthew J. Morgan (ed.), The Impact of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy. Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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    Moral Heresy.James S. Spiegel - 2013 - Philosophia Christi 15 (2):401-413.
    The classical Christian creeds generally address historical and metaphysical issues, such as the Trinity and the work of Christ. These doctrines are commonly construed as definitive of Christian orthodoxy or right belief. But are there behavioral standards that are essential to Christian living? If so, are beliefs about such matters as crucial to the faith as the creedal points? I introduce the concept of “moral heresy” as an ethical-doxastic category, which may be useful as a conceptual tool in addressing these (...)
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    On Free Will and Soul Making.James S. Spiegel - 2011 - Philosophia Christi 13 (2):405-413.
    I argue that the free-will defense and soul-making theodicy have more in common than traditionally has been thought and that their differences have more to do with their divergent aims than their relative merits as responses to the problem of evil. Moreover, I show how the two approaches are logically interdependent. The free-will defense depends for its success on some soul-making concepts, and the soul-making theodicy relies upon a prior concept of human freedom in order to succeed. These facts seem (...)
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    Philosophy.James S. Spiegel - 2014 - Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing.
    Does philosophy have any value for our faith? James Spiegel insists that Christians need philosophy to discern wrong ideas and shows us how it can enhance biblical faith and living.
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    The Philosophical Theology of Theistic Evolutionism.James S. Spiegel - 2002 - Philosophia Christi 4 (1):89-99.
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    The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism.James S. Spiegel - 1996 - Faith and Philosophy 13 (2):216-235.
    Ever since George Berkeley first published Principles of Human Knowledge his metaphysics has been opposed by, among others, some Christian philosophers who allege that his ideas fly in the face of orthodox Christian belief. The irony is that Berkeley’s entire professional career is marked by an unwavering commitment to demonstrating the reasonableness of the Christian faith. In fact, Berkeley’s immaterialist metaphysical system can be seen as an apologetic device. In this paper, I inquire into the question whether Berkeley’s immaterialist metaphysics (...)
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  20. The theological orthodoxy of Berkeley's immaterialism.James S. Spiegel - 2016 - In Joshua R. Farris, S. Mark Hamilton & James S. Spiegel (eds.), Idealism and Christian theology. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
     
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  21. Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th edition, edited by Michael Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 2015 - Teaching Philosophy 38 (4):482-484.
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    A Passion for Wisdom. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 1998 - Teaching Philosophy 21 (4):412-413.
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    A Passion for Wisdom. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 1998 - Teaching Philosophy 21 (4):412-413.
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    Book Review: Growing Wise: Resources for Nourishing the Supreme Virtue. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 2013 - Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 6 (2):313-321.
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    Review of Keith Ward's The Christian Idea of God. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 2018 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (2):213-218.
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    The Puzzle of Evil. [REVIEW]James S. Spiegel - 1999 - Teaching Philosophy 22 (3):317-319.