November 9, 2011
If you are in San Francisco or Berkeley, California, November 16th-18th, you are kindly invited to come hear J.P. Moreland speak at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) meetings, including his keynote appearance at the annual apologetics conference of the EPS.
Wednesday, November 16th, 11:00 am - 11:40
Parc 55 (Divisadero room)
Graham Oppy on the Argument from Consciousness: A Rejoinder
ABSTRACT: Graham Oppy has criticized my argument for God from consciousness (hereafter, AC). In this paper, I respond to his criticisms of my presentation of three forms of AC, and interact with his claims about theism, consciousness and emergent chemical properties.
Thursday, November 17th, 11:00 am - 11:40
Marriot (Yerba Buena 14 room)
Bioethics, Substance Dualism and the Argument from Self-Awareness
ABSTRACT: I claim that there are two tasks for any adequate philosophy of mind: (1) articulate one’s position and explain why dualism is the commonsense view (2) defend one’s position. I believe that there is an argument that simultaneously satisfies both desiderata in a non-ad-hoc way and, thus, the argument can thereby claim the virtue of theoretical simplicity in its favor. In what follows, I present the argument--an argument from self awareness that we are simple, spiritual subtances--and defend its most crucial premise, and respond to two criticisms that have been raised against it.
Friday, November 18th, 10:35 am - 11:15
Marriott (Yerba Buena 7 room)
A Conceptualist Argument for a Spiritual Substantial Soul (at both EPS and AAR/SBL; the same paper)
ABSTRACT: Even if spirits/souls do not exist, it seems that we have an understanding of what it would be for such things to be real. Thus, we can understand what it would be for demons or angels to exist, Cartesian egos to obtain in some possible world, and God to be a spirit. In light of this, I shall advance a type of conceptualist argument for substance dualism—minimally, the view that we are spiritual substances that have bodies—based on the understandability of what it would be for something to be a spirit, e.g., what it would be for God to be a spirit. After presenting the argument formally, I shall clarify and defend its various premises with a special focus on what I take to be the most controversial one.
Friday, November 18th, 7:00 pm
EPS Apologetics Conference (Berkeley) www.epsapologetics.com
Love Your God with All Your Mind
ABSTRACT: Discipleship to Jesus is not anti-intellectual. Any account of "following Jesus" that does not take into consideration the cultivation - indeed, transformation - of the "life of the mind" is an inadequate account of what it means to be Jesus' disciple. Come learn more at this vision-casting presentation.