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IDENTITY PROOFS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Dear colleague,

 Identity Proofs are a new kind of proof for the existence of God.

 Basically, Identity Proofs argue that God is identical with something that obviously exists, therefore God exists.

 I would like to present Identity Proofs in the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God. But rather than just present the Identity Proofs themselves, I would also like to invite you to write an article about Identity Proofs from your own specialism. You are entirely free with regard to the angle and stance towards Identity Proofs. Possible topics/angles include:

– Are Identity Proofs really new? Or are there others who already presented similar arguments?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to Kant, e.g. ‘The only possible ground of proof for demonstrating the existence of God’?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to Thomas of Aquino’s claim that ‘Deus est ipsum esse subsistens’?

– What role, if any, may Identity Proofs play in the current philosophical debate on the existence of God?

– How do Identity Proofs relate to other (e.g. classical) proofs and arguments for the existence of God?

– Is the, somewhat odd, logical form of the Identity Proofs valid?

– Is the simplicity and directness of Identity Proofs an advantage or disadvantage?

– Can Identity Proofs benefit from a more sophisticated treatment?

– Is the key-premise that ‘God is being’, of the first Identity Proof, credible, supported by scripture, mystics, etc.?

– Is the key-premise that ‘I am God’ (i.e. ‘divine union’), of the second Identity Proof, credible, supported by scripture, mystics, etc.?

– Is the idea of God being attributeless (e.g. unknowable, incomparable, incomprehensible) consistent?

– What may Identity Proofs mean to theists, atheists, agnostics, and/or ignostics?

– New variants of Identity Proofs? (I.e. alternatives for that which is identical to God and obviously exists)?

– And so on.

Thanks to a generous offer from my sponsor, LINEA RECTA LIMITED, I am ready to pay $ 5,000.- to anyone whose article on Identity Proofs is published in the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God, under the following conditions:

– An abstract of the article is to be sent to me, ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com, latest by November 30, 2016.

– The article, abstract, and keywords are to be sent to me, latest by January 31, 2017.

– The article, abstract, and keywords are to be submitted to Inquiry via Taylor and Francis’ online submission system: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=sinq20&page=instructions, latest by January 31, 2017, while mentioning that the article is submitted for the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God.

– A grand total of $ 50,000.- is available. If more than 10 articles about Identity Proofs are published in the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God, the reimbursement per article will be lowered to: $ 50,000.- divided by the number of articles about Identity Proofs that are published in the upcoming special issue of Inquiry on new work on the existence of God.

You can download a copy of the (background) paper on Identity Proofs from:

https://www.academia.edu/12571502/New_proof_for_the_existence_and_identity_of_GOD

or https://sites.google.com/a/linea-recta.com/fp/a-new-proof-for-the-existence-of-god

Please feel free to contact me with questions/comments about the content of the paper and/or about your ideas for your article, ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com

If you would like me to keep you up to date on developments, if any, please let me know, ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com

If you would like to receive a MS Word version of the background paper (to easier navigate, insert comments, track changes, copy from), please let me know, ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com

For any other queries, please contact me, ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com

Kind regards,

Ruud

Ruud Schuurman | ruud.schuurman@linea-recta.com
https://linea-recta.academia.edu/RuudSchuurman
INSTITUTE OF FIRST PHILOSOPHY | www.linea-recta.com/fp

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