Category Archives: Language

Vicious circles and self-reference

Most of what I write on this blog consists of rough thoughts, and here again this contribution is ‘rough’. Suppose a sentence reads “this sentence is false” or for that matter reads “this sentence is true” (or “this sentence is … Continue reading

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A Presuppositional argument against “meaning incommensurability”

Here’s a thought: suppose somebody wants to argue that meaning is not public property, but in fact meaning is irreducibly subjective and arbitrated, such that the natural conclusion will be that meanings recognized by different persons are incommensurable. Such an … Continue reading

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Given A-theory, and Theism, could God travel backwards through time?

To travel backwards through time might mean something like, making what was past, present. On an A-theory, that would mean making what was robustly real in the past, but is no longer robustly real in the present, robustly real in … Continue reading

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Boethius and the Trinity

Boethius famously defined a person as: An Individual Substance of a Rational Nature This definition was intended to include angelic beings. I have always wondered, however, how he squared this definition with the Trinity. I think, in reading Boethius’ De Trinitate … Continue reading

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Carnapian Theism

Suppose that we ask the Carnapian (disciple of Carnap) whether Theism is logically possible, and their inclination is to say that it is not. Against this we can advance the following argument: Truth is relative to a linguistic framework. There … Continue reading

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Identity of Indiscernibles and the Multiverse

I’m not entirely sure of the quality or maturity of the following thought, so I propose it tentatively. Comments, and criticisms, are most welcome. Let us suppose that the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles, which states, according to the … Continue reading

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God’s knowledge of the unreal future? – Part 2

In reflection on the argument I presented earlier concerning whether the A-theorist who believes that God knows all truths about the future (and who is a libertarian) could accept the PSR, perhaps the A-theorist has another problem. [Edit: alternatively, if … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell, Prepositions, and Theism

Russell, it is sometimes forgotten, was a Platonic realist, and he offered a very powerful, very simple, argument for Platonic realism. In a short little article, just a handful of pages long, called The World of Universals, he suggests that Universals … Continue reading

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The falsified allegation of the verificationist

Anthony Flew, probably the most popular and vocal atheist of the previous generation, once submitted the challenge of the positivists to religious language using the following parable: Once upon a time two explorers came upon a clearing in the jungle. … Continue reading

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Positively beyond expression

“There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God.” ― Simon Weil It occurred to me recently, in thanks to a conversation with a friend of mine, that perhaps there is a theistic stream … Continue reading

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