Oxford University Press (2012)

Brian Leftow
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Modal basics -- Some solutions -- Theist solutions -- The ontology of possibility -- Modal truthmakers -- Modality and the divine nature -- Deity as essential -- Against deity theories -- The role of deity -- The biggest bang -- Divine concepts -- Concepts, syntax, and actualism -- Modality: basic notions -- The genesis of secular modality -- Modal reality -- Essences -- Non-secular modalities -- Theism and modal semantics -- Freedom, preference, and cost -- Explaining modal status -- Explaining the necessary -- Against theistic platonism -- Worlds and the existence of God.
Keywords God Proof, Ontological  Necessity (Philosophy  Possibility  Theism
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ISBN(s) 9780199263356   0199263353   9780198738961   019873896X
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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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