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Brendan Sweetman
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    Contemporary perspectives on religious epistemology.R. Douglas Geivett & Brendan Sweetman (eds.) - 1992 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    This unique textbook--the first to offer balanced, comprehensive coverage of all major perspectives on the rational justification of religious belief--includes twenty-four key papers by some of the world's leading philosophers of religion. Arranged in six sections, each representing a major approach to religious epistemology, the book begins with papers by noted atheists, setting the stage for the main theistic responses--Wittgensteinian Fideism, Reformed epistemology, natural theology, prudential accounts of religious beliefs, and rational belief based in religious experience--in each case offering a (...)
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    The Vision of Gabriel Marcel: Epistemology, Human Person, the Transcendent.Brendan Sweetman - 2008 - Rodopi.
    This book illustrates the profound implications of Gabriel Marcel's unique existentialist approach to epistemology not only for traditional themes in his work concerning ethics and the transcendent, but also for epistemological issues, concerning the objectivity of knowledge, the problem of skepticism, and the nature of non-conceptual knowledge, among others. There are also chapters of dialogue with philosophers, Jacques Maritain and Martin Buber. In focusing on these themes, the book makes a distinctive contribution to the literature on Marcel.Brendan Sweetman, a native (...)
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    The Invisible Threshold: Two Plays by Gabriel Marcel.Brendan Sweetman, Maria Traub & Geoffrey Karabin (eds.) - 2019 - South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press.
    The plays in this new volume were written early in Marcel’s career, and were published together under the title Le Seuil invisible (The Invisible Threshold) in 1913. The first play, Grace, explores the theme of religious conversion. The drama depicts a crisis between characters of genuine depth and sincerity, who are struggling with different interpretations of shared experiences. Similar themes are addressed but developed differently in the second play, The Sandcastle. This drama explores the confrontation between one’s beliefs and their (...)
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    A Gabriel Marcel Reader.Brendan Sweetman (ed.) - 2011 - St. Augustine's Press.
    French existentialist philosopher Gabriel Marcel is one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. The central themes of his philosophy, which are developed with a blend of realism, concreteness, and common sense, continue to be relevant for the plight of humanity in the twentieth-first century. All of Marcel’s important ideas are introduced here, ranging from his unique conception of philosophy; to his original approach to epistemology and the nature of knowledge; to his view on the nature of the (...)
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    Introduction.Brendan Sweetman - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):319-319.
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    Marcel on God and Religious Experience, and the Critique of Alston and Hick.Brendan Sweetman - 2006 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 80 (3):407-420.
    This article examines Gabriel Marcel’s unique approach to the existence of God, and its implications for traditional philosophy of religion. After some preliminary remarks about the realm of “problems” (which would include the “rational”), and about the question of whether Marcel thinks God’s existence admits of a rational argument, Part I explains his account of how the individual subject can arrive at an affirmation of God through experiences of fidelity and promise-making. Part II proposes a way in which Marcel’s own (...)
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    Postmodernism, Derrida, and Différance: A Critique.Brendan Sweetman - 1999 - International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1):5-18.
    This article provides, through a discussion of the work of Jacques Derrida, an examination of the philosophical basis of postmodernism. The first section identifies and explains the positive claims of postmodernism, including the key claim that all identities, presences, etc. depend for their existence on something which is absent and different from themselves. The second section further illustrates the positive claims through an analysis of Derrida's "deconstructionist" reading of Plato. The final section raises a number of critical problems for postmodernism: (...)
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    Reflections on the Crisis Facing Modern Democracies.Brendan Sweetman - 2023 - Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (Philippine e-journal) 24 (2).
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    Faith and the Life of the Intellect.Curtis L. Hancock & Brendan Sweetman (eds.) - 2003 - Catholic University of America Press.
    Many of the contributions offer personal reflections on those events and experiences that helped shape their response to the general issue of faith seeking understanding."--BOOK JACKET.
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    Truth and Religious Belief: Conversations on Philosophy of Religion.Curtis L. Hancock & Brendan Sweetman - 1998 - M.E. Sharpe.
    This book contains a thorough and balanced series of dialogues introducing key topics in philosophy of religion, such as: the existence and nature of God, the ...
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    The Emissary, Act Three.Gabriel Marcel, Maria Traub & Brendan Sweetman - 2020 - Journal of Continental Philosophy 1 (2):318-344.
    Act Three of Gabriel Marcel’s play, The Emissary, is presented here in English for the first time. The introductory essay introduces Marcel and several of his best known themes, especially the distinctions between problem and mystery, and primary and secondary reflection. Focusing on the relationship between experience and conceptual knowledge, it discusses Marcel’s attempt to argue philosophically for a return to ordinary experience. The role of drama and art in the recovery of the realm of mystery is also highlighted. The (...)
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  12. New Catholic Encyclopedia: Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy.Robert L. Fastiggi, Joseph W. Koterski, Brendan Sweetman & Victor Salas (eds.) - 2013 - Detroit, USA: Gale.
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    Philosophical thinking and the religious context: essays in honor of Santiago Sia.Brendan Sweetman (ed.) - 2013 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
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    Advice for Scientists on the Subject of Ethics.Brendan Sweetman - 2018 - Ethics and Medics 43 (3):1-2.
    Advances in technology have not only given rise to many important questions in bioethics but have also made the whole subject something of an ethical minefield. Bioethics now involves practices that give rise to ethical dilemmas in such diverse fields as medicine, biology, and even physics and chemistry. The success and future potential of scientific research in bioethics has contributed to the growing perception that science has a kind of hegemony over modern life, and this brings with it a temptation (...)
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  15. Being-in-a-Situation, and the Critique of Traditional Philosophy, in the Thought of Gabriel Marcel.Brendan Sweetman - 1992 - Dissertation, University of Southern California
    This is a study of Marcel's valuable and unique contribution to contemporary epistemology, which originated out of his existentialist critique of traditional Cartesian philosophy. Marcel argues that Descartes conceives the self as a discrete entity, distinct from the body, which "looks out" upon the external world, and apprehends it by means of clear and distinct ideas, ideas which can be understood without reference to the world. This view motivated Descartes's epistemological project, and the project of the tradition that followed. The (...)
     
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    Commitment, Justification, and the Rejection of Natural Theology.Brendan Sweetman - 2003 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (3):417-436.
    This paper considers two related claims in the work of D. Z. Phillips: that commitment to God precludes a distinction between the commitment and the grounds for the commitment, and that belief and understanding are the same in religion. Both these claims motivate Phillips’s rejection of natural theology. I examine these claims by analyzing the notion of commitment, discussing what is involved in making a commitment to a worldview, why commitment is necessary at all in religion, levels of commitment, and (...)
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    Doing Philosophy by Italics.Brendan Sweetman - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (2):271-280.
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    Death Without Dignity in Oregon.Brendan Sweetman - 1998 - Ethics and Medics 23 (10):3-4.
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    D. Z. Phillips on Christian Belief, Immortality, and Resurrection.Brendan Sweetman - 2014 - Philosophia Christi 16 (1):57-80.
    This paper is a critical reflection and response to the religious fideism of D. Z. Phillips, and especially to recent attempts to defend this fideism. Over the course of his career, Phillips argued for a number of interesting but quite dramatic theses about religious belief, including the claim that what is sometimes called the propositional nature of religious belief is frequently misunderstood by philosophers, and that this misunderstanding involves a distortion of what religious believers are doing when they say they (...)
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    Evolution and Religion in Kansas.Brendan Sweetman - 1999 - Ethics and Medics 24 (11):1-2.
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    Evolution, Chance and Necessity in the Universe.Brendan Sweetman - 2010 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 66 (4):897 - 910.
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    Evolution, Chance, and God: Understanding the Relationship between Evolution and Religion.Brendan Sweetman - 2015 - New York, NY, USA: Bloomsbury.
    Evolution, Chance, and God looks at the relationship between religion and evolution from a philosophical perspective. This relationship is fascinating, complex and often very controversial, involving myriad issues that are difficult to keep separate from each other. Evolution, Chance, and God introduces the reader to the main themes of this debate and to the theory of evolution, while arguing for a particular viewpoint, namely that evolution and religion are compatible, and that, contrary to the views of some influential thinkers, there (...)
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    Four Common Confusions about Religion and Evolution.Brendan Sweetman - 2003 - The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3 (3):479-485.
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    Gabriel Marcel and the Problem of Knowledge.Brendan Sweetman - 1995 - Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 7 (1-2):148-163.
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    Gabriel Marcel and the Problem of Knowledge.Brendan Sweetman - 1995 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 7 (1-2):148-163.
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    Lyotard, Postmodernism, and Religion.Brendan Sweetman - 2005 - Philosophia Christi 7 (1):141-153.
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    Marcel and Phenomenology.Brendan Sweetman - 2003 - Renascence 55 (3):179-192.
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    Martin Buber’s Epistemology.Brendan Sweetman - 2001 - International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (2):145-160.
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    Naturalism, Science and Religion.Brendan Sweetman - 1999 - Ethics and Medics 24 (2):4-4.
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    Nicholas Wolterstorff, Selected Essays, Vol.1: Inquiring about God and Vol. II: Practices of Belief.Brendan Sweetman - 2011 - International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (3):389-406.
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    Religion and Science: An Introduction.Brendan Sweetman - 2009 - Continuum Books.
    A one-stop resource for undergraduate students examining the many complexities of the relationship between religion and science.
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    Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy.Brendan Sweetman - 2007 - Continuum Books.
    An introduction to the philosophy of religion for undergraduates.
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    Supreme Court Rules on Suicide Cases.Brendan Sweetman - 1997 - Ethics and Medics 22 (8):3-4.
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  34. Symposium Editor’s Introduction.Brendan Sweetman - 2007 - Philosophia Christi 9 (2):259-259.
  35. Science in Society: Conflict or Dialogue?Brendan Sweetman - 2008 - Ethics and Medics 33 (6):1-2.
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  36. Some reflections on the relationship between religion and science, especially evolution.Brendan Sweetman - 2022 - In Joel C. Sagut & Alfredo P. Co (eds.), Faith and reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition. University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
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    The Crisis of Democratic Pluralism: The Loss of Confidence in Reason and the Clash of Worldviews.Brendan Sweetman - 2021 - Springer Verlag.
    This book argues that contemporary liberal democracy is reaching a crisis. Brendan Sweetman contends that this crisis arises from a contentious pluralism involving the rise of incommensurable worldviews that emerge out of the absolutizing of freedom over time in a democratic setting. This clash of worldviews is further complicated by a loss of confidence in reason and by the practical failure of public discourse. A contributory factor is the growing worldview of secularism which needs to be distinguished from both the (...)
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    The Dispute between McMullin and Plantinga over Evolution.Brendan Sweetman - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):343-354.
    The discussion between Ernan McMullin and Alvin Plantinga concerning evolution and religion, which first appeared in Christian Scholar’s Review in September 1991, is an enlightening airing of many of the issues that arise with regard to this complex, controversial topic. Overall, Plantinga favors a confrontational view of the relationship between religion and evolution, while McMullin favors a dialogue model. The two thinkers disagree about the evidence for evolution, about what Plantinga calls “theistic science,” about methodological naturalism, and about biblical interpretation. (...)
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    The Flight From God.Brendan Sweetman (ed.) - 2014 - St. Augustine's Press.
    "Max Picard was a Swiss-German writer, who converted to Catholicism from Judaism. A doctor and psychologist, Picard worked in Berlin but retired in the 1920s to Switzerland. He is often regarded as a "wisdom thinker," and his rich and penetrating writings continue to speak to us in the twenty-first century. The Flight from God is an incisive, profound description of many of the problems facing modern culture, and its analysis resonates with us more today than when first published in 1934. (...)
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    The Failure of Modernism: the cartesian legacy and contemporary pluralism.Brendan Sweetman (ed.) - 1999 - Catholic University of America Press.
    Brings together a distinguished group of philosophers and theologians to critique several aspects of modernism.
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    Why Politics Needs Religion: the place of religious arguments in the public square.Brendan Sweetman - 2006 - InterVarsity Press.
    Presents a convincing argument as to why religion should be mixed with politics, ascertaining that certain religious beliefs should be made public and ...
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    Dishonest to God: On Keeping Religion out of Politics. By Mary Warnock. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):846-848.
    © 2013 The Editors of The Philosophical QuarterlyMary Warnock's book is an attempt to address in a short space a large theme: ‘some aspects of the role of religion, and therefore the idea of God, in the twenty‐first century, as it relates to legislation and politics’. Along the way she raises many subsidiary themes, including the historical influence of religion on the law, the tension between religion and liberalism, the difficulty of providing a philosophical foundation for secularist ethics, and the (...)
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    Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 1997 - Review of Metaphysics 51 (1):153-154.
    This work, translated from the German, is divided into nine chapters with a preface plus a very helpful introduction by the translator. There is also a postscript by Habermas, as well as a reprinting of two earlier papers on related topics. The book is intended as a contribution to contemporary political philosophy, and, as such, Habermas accepts certain assumptions in advance and does not attempt to argue for them at any length. The first is the “linguistic turn” in philosophy, the (...)
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    Aquinas and Sartre. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2011 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2):353-355.
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    A Feminist Philosophy of Religion. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 1999 - International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (3):363-365.
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    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2005 - International Philosophical Quarterly 45 (1):144-146.
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    An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Religion. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2002 - Philosophia Christi 4 (2):553-557.
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    Adorno’s Positive Dialectic. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (3):443-445.
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    Adorno’s Positive Dialectic. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (3):443-445.
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    Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: Critical Essays. [REVIEW]Brendan Sweetman - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):403-406.
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