God and necessity

Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012)
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Brian Leftow offers a theist theory of necessity and possibility, and a new sort of argument for God's existence. He argues that necessities of logic and mathematics are determined by God's nature, but that it is events in God's mind - his imagination and choice - that account for necessary truths about concrete creatures.



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Modality and the divine nature

This chapter surveys the options for constructing a theist modal metaphysics. It discusses the views of Plotinus, Aquinas, Leibniz and Descartes, rejecting arguments for these views and criticizing Aquinas at some length.

Against deity theories

The dominant — indeed the almost universal—sort of theist modal metaphysics bases all of modal truth somehow on the content of deity. This chapter provides an extended argument that we should reject this sort of view if there is a viable alternative.

The role of deity

This chapter begins construction of an alternative to the ‘deity theory’ tradition by considering what the divine nature would contribute to the view. It explains the concept of a secular truth as a preliminary to providing a modal metaphysics that applies to them. In particular, it argues... see more

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