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On the distinction between the concept of God and conceptions of God
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion. (Religionsfilosofi)
2008 (English)In: International journal for philosophy of religion, ISSN 0020-7047, E-ISSN 1572-8684, Vol. 64, 63-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The starting-point is the distinction between concept and conception. Our conceptions of gold, for instance, are the different understandings we get when we hear the word 'gold' whereas the concept of gold consists in the scientific determination of what gold is. It depends on the context whether it is more reasonable to claim a concept or to look for fitting conceptions. By arguing against metaphysical realism and for non-metaphysical realism, I will elaborate on some philosophical reasons for dealing with conceptions instead of concepts of God, and secondly, I will discuss how such conceptions should be critically assessed.

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The Hague: Nijhoff , 2008. Vol. 64, 63-73 p.
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concept, conception, metaphysical realism, non-metaphysical realism, assessment of conceptions of God
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87353DOI: 10.1007/s11153-008-9163-zISI: 000259005900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87353DiVA: diva2:37552
Conference Information: Conference on the Concept of God Oxford, ENGLAND, SEP 11-13, 2007Available from: 2008-10-07 Created: 2008-10-07 Last updated: 2011-03-21Bibliographically approved

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