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Could god be a necessary being?

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A maximalist account of divine necessity holds that the proposition ‘God exists’ is metaphysically necessary, which the chapter interprets as being ‘logically necessary’ when informative designators are substituted for any co-referring uninfomative designators. But in that case the proposition there is a God, however God is picked out by essential properties, would be such that its negation entails a contradiction. That is very implausible, since it entails tha...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
College Only
Department:
Oriel College
Oxford college:
Oriel College
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Host title:
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion
Publication date:
2015-04-30
Acceptance date:
2015
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Pubs id:
pubs:1013573
URN:
uri:cde25295-9bc4-48c7-aa92-a165311f0f81
UUID:
uuid:cde25295-9bc4-48c7-aa92-a165311f0f81
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pubs:1013573
ISBN:
9780198722335

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