Category Archives: Metaphysics

A plausible cosmological argument from the Principles of Sufficient Reason.

Ever since discovering Aquinas’ third way, Copleston’s cosmological argument (in his debate with Russell), and reading Pope Pius XII’s statement in Humani Generis that: It is well known how highly the Church regards human reason, for it falls to reason … Continue reading

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Platonism’ Formal Family Tree

Platonists say that Platonic Forms are beings which exist. I do not think they do exist (and I don’t even think they are ‘beings’, contra the neo-meingonian). However, in thinking about Platonism, which has occupied me lately, it seems to … Continue reading

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Another Short Argument: Against Atheistic Platonism

I just wrote this argument out in the comments section on Dr. Alexander Pruss’ blog, and when looking it over I decided I liked it so much that I might as well post it on my own blog. Enjoy. 1. … Continue reading

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Short Argument Against Platonism

No Platonic Form can have a property with which it is not identical (3 cannot be 7, 7 cannot be green, greenness cannot be smaller than rudeness, etc). A Platonic Form is a Universal, and a Universal is a Platonic … Continue reading

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Pure Undifferentiated Substances?

Recently I was confronted, in the midst of a discussion about Transubstantiation, with the idea that a commitment to substance realism seems to entail a commitment to the reality or possibility of a pure undifferentiated substance. I responded in the … Continue reading

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Is God Concrete?

I got caught a few days ago in a paradox which arose from a combination of philosophical statements I am used to making. I argued that the definition of an abstract object was of a thing which exists or subsists, … Continue reading

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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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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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