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Personhood, consciousness, and god: how to be a proper pantheist

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Personhood, consciousness, and god : how to be a proper pantheist. / Coleman, Sam.

In: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 85, No. 1, 15.02.2019, p. 77-98.

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