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How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian

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How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian. / Leidenhag, Joanna.

In: Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences , Vol. 7, No. 1, 14.07.2020, p. 10-29.

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Leidenhag, J 2020, 'How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian', Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences , vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 10-29. https://doi.org/10.1628/ptsc-2020-0003

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Leidenhag, J. (2020). How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences , 7(1), 10-29. https://doi.org/10.1628/ptsc-2020-0003

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Leidenhag J. How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences . 2020 Jul 14;7(1):10-29. https://doi.org/10.1628/ptsc-2020-0003

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Leidenhag, Joanna. / How to be a be a theological panpsychist, but not a Process theologian. In: Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences . 2020 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 10-29.

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