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    From Divine Omnipotence to the Omnipotence of Matter.Miklós Vassányi - 2008 - Bijdragen 69 (2):172-196.
    This paper wishes to offer a historical derivation of the mature Diderot’s fully materialistic, physiological theory of the soul, and to show the conflict between the theological concept of the soul as a principle of freedom, and the materialistic-deterministic concept of the soul, in his philosophical and literary oeuvre. In historical respect, Diderot formulated his mature position on the basis of Locke’s theory of ‘thinking matter’, of Toland’s idea that ‘action is essential to matter’, of Maupertuis’s theory of ‘spontaneous creative (...)
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    The Philosophical Foundation of Religious Toleration in Spinoza (TTP), Bayle (Commentaire Philosophique) and Locke (Epistola de Tolerantia).Miklós Vassányi - 2009 - Bijdragen 70 (4):408-422.
    This paper first adumbrates the theory of religious intolerance in early modern Europe. Then it turns to three leading philosophers of the age, Spinoza, Bayle and Locke, who elaborated philosophical defences of religious toleration. The problem it analyzes is that though these thinkers depart from radically different premises concerning the roles of state and church, the abilities of speculative reason, and the concept of God, yet they conclude that government and church alike must grant an almost complete freedom to the (...)
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    From Divine Omnipotence to the Omnipotence of Matter: Diderot's Conception of the Soul: Theology and Physiology in Conflict.Miklós Vassányi - 2008 - Bijdragen 69 (2):172-196.
    This paper wishes to offer a historical derivation of the mature Diderot’s fully materialistic, physiological theory of the soul, and to show the conflict between the theological concept of the soul as a principle of freedom, and the materialistic-deterministic concept of the soul, in his philosophical and literary oeuvre. In historical respect, Diderot formulated his mature position on the basis of Locke’s theory of ‘thinking matter’, of Toland’s idea that ‘action is essential to matter’, of Maupertuis’s theory of ‘spontaneous creative (...)
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    ‘At Journey’s End, in Darkness’: A Reticent Redemption in The Lord of the Rings.Miklós Vassányi - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 76 (3):232-240.
    In this paper, the author is trying to disentangle and analyse the principles of Tolkien’s implicit soteriology in The Lord of the Rings. The paper argues that Tokien’s novel is a metaphysical statement about redemption which only adumbrates, and does not clarify, how mankind is saved by divine grace. At the same time, The Lord of the Rings is unambiguous about the Fall. Hence it seems reasonable to say that Tolkien’s work is a reticent soteriology. In order to find an (...)
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    Structure and Meaning of St. Denys'fundamental Theology in de Divinis Nominibus: A Comparison with Proclus'theory of the One in Institutio Theologica.Miklós Vassányi - 2012 - Bijdragen 73 (4):404-415.
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