Bruteness is Transitive from Part to Whole

Some properties are transitive from part to whole, such as being spatially extended or being partially actualized, etc. Take a set of facts all of which are necessary save for one fact, a contingent fact. That set of facts will itself be contingent. If one single member has the property of being contingent then the whole has the property of being contingent. Notice also that necessity is not transitive from part to whole, for just because one part of a thing has the property of being necessary does not mean that the whole has the property of being necessary. Now let us imagine that the contingent fact we mentioned earlier is also a brute fact. That means that the entire set of facts, only one of which has the quality of being brute, is itself brute. Thus, to admit a single brute fact is to say that everything (i.e., all things taken together) ultimately has the quality of being brute.

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About tylerjourneaux

I am an aspiring Catholic theologian and philosopher, and I have a keen interest in apologetics. I am creating this blog both in order to practice and improve my writing and memory retention as I publish my thoughts, and in order to give evidence of my ability to understand and communicate thoughts on topics pertinent to Theology, Philosophy, philosophical theology, Catholic (Christian) Apologetics, philosophy of religion and textual criticism.
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