FAH/PHIL Philosophy and Religious Studies Lecture Series – “Can a Buddhist be a Classical Theist?” by Dr. Tyler Dalton McNabb


Dr. Tyler Dalton McNabb


11 Sep 2019


16:00 - 18:00





In the context of Buddhist philosophy, the interdependence thesis is roughly the thesis that all phenomena or substances are dependent on (1) prior causes, (2) parts, and (3) conceptual imputation. The interdependent thesis is usually conjoined with the impermanence thesis. The impermanence thesis endorses that all phenomena or substances exists only momentarily. These theses undergird the Buddhist doctrine that all substances lack intrinsic nature. I take the aforementioned theses to be the heart of Buddhist philosophy. Classical Theism on the other hand is the thesis that God exists and is metaphysically simple, impassible, and immutable. While, it seems that the central Buddhist theses are prima facie at odds with the thesis of Classical Theism, I will argue that the conflict is merely superficial.


Tyler Dalton McNabb (PhD, Glasgow) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Macau. Before taking his current position, McNabb taught three years at Houston Baptist University. McNabb is the author of Religious Epistemology (CUP) and co-author of Plantingian Religious Epistemology and World Religions (Lexington). He has also authored/co-authored various articles published in journals such as Religious Studies, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, The Heythrop Journal, and Philosophia Christi.


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