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University of Oxford
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    Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering.Michael Murray - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    Problems of and explanations for evil -- Neo-cartesianism -- Animal suffering and the fall -- Nobility, flourishing, and immortality : animal pain and animal well-being -- Natural evil, nomic regularity, and animal suffering -- Chaos, order, and evolution -- Combining CDs.
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    The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion.Jeffrey Schloss & Michael J. Murray (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, describing these accounts and discussing evidence in their favour. Philosophical and theological reflections (...)
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    Mere Theistic Evolution.Michael J. Murray & John Ross Churchill - 2020 - Philosophia Christi 22 (1):7-41.
    A key takeaway from the recent volume Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique is that no version of theistic evolution that adheres largely to consensus views in biology is a plausible option for orthodox Christians. In this paper we argue that this is false: contrary to the arguments in the volume, evolutionary theory, properly understood, is perfectly compatible with traditional Christian commitments. In addition, we argue that the lines between Intelligent Design and theistic evolution are not as sharp (...)
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  4. Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (3):173-177.
     
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    Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - In Michael J. Murray & Jeffrey Schloss (eds.), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press. pp. 168.
    Accession Number: ATLA0001788486; Hosting Book Page Citation: p 168-178.; Language(s): English; Issued by ATLA: 20130825; Publication Type: Essay.
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    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.Michael J. Murray & Michael C. Rea - 2008 - Cambridge University Press.
    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion provides a broad overview of the topics which are at the forefront of discussion in contemporary philosophy of religion. Prominent views and arguments from both historical and contemporary authors are discussed and analyzed. The book treats all of the central topics in the field, including the coherence of the divine attributes, theistic and atheistic arguments, faith and reason, religion and ethics, miracles, human freedom and divine providence, science and religion, and immortality. In addition (...)
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  7. Coercion and the Hiddenness of God.Michael J. Murray - 1993 - American Philosophical Quarterly 30 (1):27 - 38.
  8. Deus absconditus.Michael J. Murray - 2002 - In Daniel Howard-Snyder & Paul K. Moser (eds.), Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. pp. 63.
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    Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham.Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray & Michael C. Rea (eds.) - 2010 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Adherents of the Abrahamic religions have traditionally held that God is morally perfect and unconditionally deserving of devotion, obedience, love, and worship. The Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures tell us that God is compassionate, merciful, and just. As is well-known, however, these same scriptures contain passages that portray God as wrathful, severely punitive, and jealous. Critics furthermore argue that the God of these scriptures commends bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia, condones slavery, and demands the adoption of unjust laws-for example, laws that (...)
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  10. Four Arguments That the Cognitive Psychology of Religion Undermines the Justification of Religious Belief.Michael J. Murray - 2008
    Over the last decade a handful of cognitive models of religious belief have begun to coalesce in the literature. Attempts to offer “scientific explanations of religious belief ” are nothing new, stretching back at least as far as David Hume, and perhaps as far back as Cicero. What is also not new is a belief that scientific explanations of religious belief serve in some way to undermine the justification for those beliefs.
     
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    Heidegger and Modern Philosophy: Critical Essays.Michael Murray (ed.) - 1978 - Yale University Press.
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    Ask and It Will Be Given to You.Michael J. Murray & Kurt Meyers - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (3):311 - 330.
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    Ask and It Will Be Given to You: Michael J. Murray and Kurt Meyers.Michael J. Murray - 1994 - Religious Studies 30 (3):311-330.
    Consider the following situation. It is the first day of school, and the new third-grade students file into the classroom to be shown to their seats for the coming year. As they enter, the third-grade teacher notices one small boy who is particularly unkempt. He looks to be in desperate need of bathing, and his clothes are dirty, torn and tight-fitting. During recess, the teacher pulls aside the boy's previous teacher and asks about his wretched condition. The other teacher informs (...)
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  14. Spontaneity and Freedom in Leibniz.Michael J. Murray - 2005 - In Donald Rutherford & J. A. Cover (eds.), Leibniz: Nature and Freedom. Oxford University Press. pp. 194--216.
     
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  15. Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):75-108.
    The Prevolitional Condition: The subjunctive conditionals of human freedom known by God must have their truth value prior to any free decree of God, i.e., be known prevolitionally.
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    Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away.Michael J. Murray - 2010 - In Science and Religion in Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 472--478.
    This chapter contains sections titled: * Notes * References.
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    Costly Signaling and the Origin of Religion.Michael Murray & Lyn Moore - 2009 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 9 (3-4):225-245.
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    Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions.Eleanore Stump & Michael J. Murray (eds.) - 1999 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This book contains a collection of the essential readings treating both classic and contemporary issues in philosophy of religion.
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    Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity.Michael J. Murray - 2004 - The Leibniz Review 14:1-28.
    The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient (...)
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    Three Versions of Universalism.Michael J. Murray - 1999 - Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):55-68.
    In recent years a number of sophisticated versions of soteriological universalism have appeared in the literature. In this essay I offer some critical retlections them. In particular, I argue that universalism offers no explanation for the fact that God puts human creatures through the earthly life, and that if there is no such reason then the earthly life and the evil it contains are both gratuitous. Finally, I argue that universalists are obliged to deny that human beings have a centrally (...)
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  21. Neo-Cartesianism and the Problem of Animal Suffering.Michael Murray - 2006 - Faith and Philosophy 23 (2):169-190.
    The existence and extent of animal suffering provides grounds for a serious evidential challenge to theism. In the wake of the Darwinian revolution, this strain of natural atheology has taken on substantially greater significance. In this essay we argue that there are at least four neo-Cartesian views on the nature of animal minds which would serve to deflect this evidential challenge.
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  22. God Responds to Prayer.Michael Murray - 2004 - In Michael L. Peterson (ed.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion. Malden, MA: Blackwell. pp. 242-254.
     
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  23. Intellect, Will, and Freedom: Leibniz and His Precursors.Michael Murray - 1996 - The Leibniz Review 6:25-59.
    Among the many puzzling features of Leibniz’s philosophy, none has received more attention in the recent literature than his position on freedom. Leibniz makes his views on freedom a central theme in his philosophical writings from early in his career until its close. And yet while significant efforts have been concentrated on decoding his views on this issue, much of the discussion has focused on only one facet of Leibniz’s treatment of it. I have argued elsewhere that there are at (...)
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    Are Coerced Acts Free?Michael J. Murray & David F. Dudrick - 1995 - American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2):109 - 123.
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    Philosophy and Christian Theology.Michael Murray - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Many of the doctrines central to Christianity have important philosophical implications or presuppositions. In this article, we begin with a brief general discussion of the relationship between philosophy and Christian dogma, and then we turn our attention to three of the most philosophically challenging Christian doctrines: the trinity, the incarnation, and the atonement. We take these three as our focus because, unlike (for example) doctrines about providence or the attributes of God, these are distinctive to Christian theology and, unlike (for (...)
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    Leibniz on the Problem of Evil.Michael Murray - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Introduction.Michael J. Murray - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):515-520.
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  28. Heaven and Hell.Michael Murray - 1999 - In Reason for the Hope Within. Eerdmans. pp. 289--317.
     
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    Trent Dougherty, The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small: Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2014, 212 Pp, $105.Michael J. Murray - 2015 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (1):137-141.
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    Heidegger and Ryle: Two Versions of Phenomenology.Michael Murray - 1973 - Review of Metaphysics 27 (1):88 - 111.
    An alternative title for this discussion might have run: "Heidegger or The Concept of Mind." Its ambivalence provides a direction. Read in an inclusive or appositional way "or" has the sense of "Heidegger Revisited," while interpreted exclusively it confronts us with the necessity to choose between two incompatible versions. No one would seriously dispute that there are significant differences in technique, motive, and goal between Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit and Ryle’s Concept of Mind, and in their philosophizing generally. Ryle’s technique (...)
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    Natural Providence (Or Design Trouble).Michael J. Murray - 2003 - Faith and Philosophy 20 (3):307-327.
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    Pre-Leibnizian Moral Necessity.Michael J. Murray - 2004 - The Leibniz Review 14:1-28.
    The mature Leibniz frequently uses the phrase “moral necessity” in the context of discussing free choice. In this essay I provide a seventeenth century geneology of the phrase. I show that the doctrine of moral necessity was developed by scholastic philosophers who sought to retain a robust notion of freedom while purging bruteness from their systems. Two sorts of bruteness were special targets. The first is metaphysical bruteness, according to which contingent events or states of affairs occur without a sufficient (...)
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  33. Coercion and the Hiddennessofgod.Michael J. Murray - 2009 - In Kevin Timpe (ed.), Arguing About Religion. Routledge. pp. 282.
     
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1995 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):75-108.
    The Prevolitional Condition: The subjunctive conditionals of human freedom known by God must have their truth value prior to any free decree of God, i.e., be known prevolitionally.
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    A Note on Wittgenstein and Heidegger.Michael Murray - 1974 - Philosophical Review 83 (4):501-503.
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    Intellect, Will, and Freedom: Leibniz and His Precursors.Michael Murray - 1996 - The Leibniz Review 6:25-59.
    Among the many puzzling features of Leibniz’s philosophy, none has received more attention in the recent literature than his position on freedom. Leibniz makes his views on freedom a central theme in his philosophical writings from early in his career until its close. And yet while significant efforts have been concentrated on decoding his views on this issue, much of the discussion has focused on only one facet of Leibniz’s treatment of it. I have argued elsewhere that there are at (...)
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    The Growth and the Stagnation of Work Stress: Publication Trends and Scientific Representations 1960–2011.Ari Väänänen, Michael Murray & Anna Kuokkanen - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (4):116-138.
    Stress at work is a frequent subject of scientific research. In most of this, the unit of analysis has been the employee and his or her work stress. Historical, cultural and macro-contextual approaches have rarely been included in the analytical framework. In this study, we examined secular trends in scientific publications on work stress, and analysed how, over a period of 50 years, a new discursive, institutional, intellectual and subjective space has developed, in which questions related to workers’ diminished mental (...)
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  38. Does Prayer Change Things?Michael Murray - manuscript
    The belief that God responds to prayer is widespread. According to a recent Newsweek survey 87% of Americans said that they believe that God answers prayers. In fact, they believe so heartily in the efficacy of prayer that nearly one third of those polled said that they prayed to God more than once a day. What is even more interesting about this belief among ordinary Americans is that it has been denied by so many theologians. One might think such denials (...)
     
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1992 - The Leibniz Review 2:18-19.
    Despite Russell’s protestations to the contrary, it has become evident that Leibniz had more than a passing interest in a number of the problems plaguing seventeenth century philosophical theology. In published work, correspondence, and private notes, Leibniz spends significant energy sorting through numerous solutions to the standard problems. Not least among these was the perennial problem of how to reconcile divine foreknowledge and providence and human freedom. In this essay I discuss how Leibniz understands this problem against the background of (...)
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    Time In Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.Michael Murray - 1981 - Review of Metaphysics 34 (4):682 - 705.
    IN ONE of the last seminars of his life, Heidegger remarks that just as Hegel was trying to lay the definitive foundation of the modern age, so was his friend Hölderlin trying to break through the ground of the age in order to inaugurate a step beyond modernity. For this reason, Heidegger clearly regards the poet as more radical than the philosopher. Without trying myself to assess the validity of this contrast, I shall take it as a clue and argue (...)
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    Theodicy.Michael J. Murray - 2008 - In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press.
    From Leibniz's time until the mid-1970s, the word ‘theodicy’ was used to describe attempts to explain God's permission of evil. Since the mid-1970s, however, it has taken on a more refined sense among philosophers of religion – a change that can be attributed to Alvin Plantinga's book God, Freedom and Evil. In this work, Plantinga distinguishes between two types of explanations of evil that theists might construct. The first type is offered in response to arguments that the coexistence of God (...)
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    Connecting Narrative and Social Representation Theory in Health Research.Michael Murray - 2002 - Social Science Information 41 (4):653-673.
    According to narrative theory, human beings are natural story-tellers, and investigating the character of the stories people tell can help us better understand not only the particular events described but also the character of the story-teller and of the social context within which the stories are constructed. Much of the research on the character of narratives has focussed on their internal structure and has not sufficiently considered their social nature. There has been limited attempt to connect narrative with social representation (...)
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    Leibniz’s Proposal for Theological Reconciliation Among the Protestants.Michael J. Murray - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (4):623-646.
    Between 1701 and 1705 Leibniz focused on the task of securing theological reunion between Lutherans and Calvinists, the two major Protestant sects at the time. Doing so, he believed, required reconciliation on two key topics, namely, the doctrine of the Eucharist, and the doctrine of election. To bring unity on the second issue, Leibniz composed a lengthy treatise based on a commentary on the Thirty-nine articles of the Church of England. This treatise stakes out a position springing from Leibniz’s own (...)
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    Critical Review of Cover and Hawthorne on Leibnizian Modality.Michael J. Murray - 2000 - The Leibniz Review 10:73-86.
    In the introduction to Substance and Individuation in Leibniz, Jan Cover and John Hawthorne inform us that the aim of the book is to “grasp more clearly the metaphysical problems of individuation by taking seriously how these are played out in the hands of one influential philosopher standing as the important mediary between scholastic and modern philosophers.” Were the book to succeed in this modest aim it would be a significant achievement. In fact, it achieves this aim and a good (...)
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    Reason for the Hope Within.Michael Murray (ed.) - 1999 - Eerdmans.
    This volume is required reading for those seeking a compelling defense of the Christian faith.
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    Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom.Michael J. Murray - 1992 - The Leibniz Review 2:18-19.
    Despite Russell’s protestations to the contrary, it has become evident that Leibniz had more than a passing interest in a number of the problems plaguing seventeenth century philosophical theology. In published work, correspondence, and private notes, Leibniz spends significant energy sorting through numerous solutions to the standard problems. Not least among these was the perennial problem of how to reconcile divine foreknowledge and providence and human freedom. In this essay I discuss how Leibniz understands this problem against the background of (...)
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    Visual Selective Attention in Learning Disabled and Normal Boys.Richard L. Long, Curtis W. McIntyre & Michael E. Murray - 1982 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 19 (1):15-18.
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    Non-Intentional Actions, DAVID K. CHAN.Are Coerced Acts Free & Michael J. Murray - 1995 - American Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2).
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    Starting Point: An Introduction to the Dialectic of Existence.Michael Murray - 1979 - Philosophical Review 90 (4):608-610.
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  50. Vernon Venable 1906-1996.Jesse Kalin, Michael McCarthy, Mitchell Miller & Michael Murray - 1997 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 70 (5):164 - 166.
    In memoriam of Vernon Venable, American philosopher who for four decades was a master teacher in the history of Western philosophy, author of an important study of Marx, and the seminal spirit in the development and flourishing of the program in philosophy at Vassar College.
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