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On the Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale

On the Nature and Existence of God

Part of the Cambridge Philosophy Classics Series


On the Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale

First published in 1991, Richard M. Gale's classic book is a response to and critique of new, contemporary arguments for the existence of God from analytical philosophers. Considering concepts including time, free will, personhood, actuality and the objectivity of experience, Gale evaluates the new versions of cosmological, ontological, pragmatic and religious experience arguments that emerged in the late-twentieth century. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Paul K. Moser, illuminating its enduring importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work has been revived for a new generation of readers.


'On the Nature and Existence of God is a remarkable book ... [it] can hardly fail to be a rich source instruction, reflection, and - last, but not least - entertainment.'

'... Gale's book is a treasure of contemporary philosophy of religion. Closely and cogently argued ...'
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

'... clear, forceful, witty and provocative.'
Religious Studies

'On the Nature and Existence of God was first published in 1991 and it is still a valuable contribution to the philosophy of religion. It deals with important questions concerning the philosophical and theological adequacy of a particular concept of God (that of classical theism).'
Benedikt Paul Goecke, Reading Religion

About the Author

Richard M. Gale is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He is best-known for his research in the areas of time, negation and non-being, philosophy of religion, William James and John Dewey. He is the editor or author of many books, including The Existence of God (with Alexander Pruss, 2003).

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Publication date

26th August 2016


Richard M. Gale

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Cambridge University Press


346 pages


Social & political philosophy



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