Power and its Number, from Abelard to Kepler. Catholic theology has always held, contrary to what the philosophers say, that God can do everything: his power is infinite, he always has a reserve of power and this reserve is not exhausted in the opus creationis. Thus, God's power is divine because it is incomprehensible. Therefore, there is an essential equivocity in the potentia Dei, which cannot be confused with the power of nature. What are examined here instead are some of the arguments in favor of the opposite thesis. Let us take seriously a logical objection: by saying that divine power is inexhaustible, is this not to assert the impossibility of its being exhausted and, in so doing, to impose on it a limit which, by definition, it cannot bear? Should not a consistent theology refrain from considering the divine power according to comparisons borrowed from the kingdom of created things? Kepler's attempt to think of nature as a pure Trinitarian symbol seems in this respect to deserve special attention.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.3280/sf2021-004004
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,564
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Henri gouhier.[author unknown] - 1994 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 184 (3):392-394.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Abelard and the Jews.Eileen C. Sweeney - 2014 - In Babette S. Hellemans & E. J. Brill (eds.), Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays. pp. 37-50.
The Cambridge Companion to Abelard.Jeffrey E. Brower & Kevin Guilfoy (eds.) - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
Kepler's Relation to the Jesuits—A Study of His Correspondence with Paul Guldin.Georg Schuppener - 1997 - NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 5 (1):236-244.
The Philosophy of Peter Abelard. [REVIEW]S. J. David Meconi - 1999 - Review of Metaphysics 52 (3):706-706.
The Proportion of His Purpose : Peter Abelard's Historia Calamitatum as Sacred History.Chad Schrock - 2010 - Archives d'Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Âge 77 (1):29-46.
Abelard a Medieval Life.M. T. Clanchy - 1997 - Wiley-Blackwell.


Added to PP index

Total views
2 ( #1,458,195 of 2,533,568 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #390,861 of 2,533,568 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes