Category Archives: Leibniz

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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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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Re-locating my disagreement with Leibniz

Yesterday I found myself trying to explain substance realism and, as should be no surprise by now, I found myself again having to appeal to Leibniz’ thinking to make my own view intelligible. However, since I was thinking about how … Continue reading

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The “Vacuity” objection to ‘Substances’

Substances are predicate-bearers. Yesterday I found myself in a philosophical discussion with a friend online who argued that to say that something has a Substance or has the property of being predicate-bearing was vacuous, since if two different substances had … Continue reading

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James Cornman and the Identity of Indiscernibles

James Cornman was a defender of non-reductive materialism when it came to the issue of mind-brain interaction. In other words his analysis of what the ‘mind’ was, was in the end that it was identical with the brain (i.e., material). … Continue reading

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Human bodies and the rational soul

Consider that there is a logically possible world in which some non-rational animal evolve in such a way that it has all the physical features necessary to be classified as homo-sapien, and yet it would not have a rational soul. … Continue reading

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Does Mereological Nihilism Entail Atomism?

If somebody is a mereological nihilist they do not believe in ‘composite objects’ as things which really exist – they would say that the designations of ‘tables’ and ‘chairs’, ‘mountains’ and ‘bears’ are all simply conventional names for particular organizations … Continue reading

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Resurrection and Matter

The doctrine of the resurrection of the flesh generally implies that for each human person who is separated from their ‘body’ at death, they will someday be restored to their proper body after death. Now, the significance of this statement … Continue reading

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Simple infinities

A thought came to me yesterday about what kinds of actual (as opposed to potential) infinities could exist, and it struck me that any ‘infinite’ whose members are ‘reduced’ from something ‘simple’ (meaning non-composite, seem-less and whole). For example, there are an … Continue reading

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The doctrine of Transubstantiation and the Dogma of the Real Presence

A point has been made recently in an RCIA class I attend, and it is a point I have made myself on various occasions before, that the Catholic Church is not dogmatically bound to the language of ‘Transubstantiation’. In fact, … Continue reading

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