Monthly Archives: July 2013

Concretism vs Conceptualism – my new verdict

I’ve been struggling between adopting one of two views on universals lately. The first view is the conceptualist view of universals which says that universals are just ideas generated in and by the mind of God, as a kind of … Continue reading

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Relations, Simplicity and the Trinity.

In the Medieval period most thinkers conceived of relations as properties inhering substances, rather than properties shared by two substances. As Jeffrey Brower explains: “According to this Categories model, whenever two (or more) substances are related, this is to be explained by … Continue reading

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A logically possible world without time – and time’s smallest units

Let’s deny Newtonian Absolutism about time. Now let’s say that there are two balls related to each other in some set of ways, and that nothing other than those two balls exists. Let’s also say that these balls are at … Continue reading

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Logically Possible Mind Independent Temporal Relations

In order to have a logically possible world without any subjects who experience anything like time’s flow, and still have B-theoretic temporal relations such as ‘earlier-than’ or ‘later-than’, one simply has to be a realist about B-theoretic properties, and state … Continue reading

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Grim Reapers, Times and Events

The Grim Reaper paradox was, a while back, used by both Alexander R. Pruss and Robert C. Koons to try to run a tenseless kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God. A little later, on Pruss’ blog, there were … Continue reading

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A Green Ball, a Blue ball, a Grue ball, and Transubstantiation

It is even more difficult to produce an angel from a stone than to produce it from nothing, because to make an angel from a stone, insofar as that can be done, the stone must first be annihilated and then … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer and the hypothesis of Matthean priority

Suppose we accept as a working hypothesis (for the sake of argument) that Matthew was written prior to Mark (and prior to Luke). Mark’s Gospel does not have the Lord’s prayer. However, if Mark really is written, as Clement of … Continue reading

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Conditional Thoughts

I was just reading A counterexample to Modus Ponens, a paper written by Vann McGee, and I think the paper fails to provide what the title promises. However, in thinking about it for myself, I came up with an interesting … Continue reading

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