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2019.01.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeff Speaks, The Greatest Possible Being, Oxford University Press, 2018, 175pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198826811. Reviewed by Jonathan L. Kvanvig, Washington University in St. Louis From a certain historical perspective, the current consensus concerning Perfect Being Theology (PBT) is surprising. One can wonder how the fundamental nature of God could be (conceived to be) in terms of being the most perfect being, especially if one finds the source of such in the 11th century.[1] What were the ancients thinking, to miss out for so long? Yet, at least since the rise of modal metaphysics in the late 1960's, the stream of endorsements by philosophers of religion is long and generally unchallenged: Richard Swinburne, Eleonore Stump, Thomas Morris, Katherin Rogers, Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosencrantz, Mark Johnston, Michael Almeida, Brian Leftow, Michael Murphy, William Wainwright, Ed Wierenga, and (most... . . .

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