Monthly Archives: March 2008

Philosophy of Religion 5: Incarnation

The concluding part of Chapter 3 of Michael Murray and Michael Rea’s An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion concerns the incarnation. Just two very quick comments on these pages, one on how the authors approach the issue, and one … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 4: Lord, Liar, Lunatic

Pp. 75–80 of the Murray/Rea Introduction contain a rather extraordinary episode which I can’t forbear from commenting on. They consider the following argument — they call it the “Lord-Liar-Lunatic” argument — for believing the Jesus of Nazereth was divine. Jesus … Continue reading

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Absolute Generality 25: Indefinitely extensible concepts, "big" and "small"

The Shapiro/Wright paper is a high point in the Absolute Generality collection. For a start, First, they focus on Dummettian considerations. I’ve already urged here that considerations against the possibility of absolutely general quantification based on Skolemite worries, or on … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2008

Looking through the last however-many posts, things have been getting a bit wordy and serious here. So time for a quick bit of light relief — though in the form, I’m afraid, of recommending another weighty tome. But what a … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 3: The Trinity

The first part of the Murray/Rea book, ‘The Nature of God’, has a couple of chapters on God’s attributes which I’ve just said just a bit about: and now there’s a chapter on more specifically Christian characterizations of God. I’ll … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Religion 2: Eternity

The second chapter of the Murray/Rea Introduction is on “Attributes of God: eternity, knowledge and providence”. It has to be said, again, that the discussion seems to be pretty remote from engaging with the religious meaning of talk of seeking … Continue reading

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Spluttering into my coffee again

Earlier than usual coffee this morning, waiting for the new Cambridge Apple Store to open for the first time around the corner. (I foolishly thought I’d be able to wander in to take a look at a real-world MacBook Air. … Continue reading

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Absolute Generality 24: Parsons concluded

I’ve commented at length on the central, load-bearing, section of Parson’s paper. The concluding five and a bit pages I found less engaging. There are some comments on a paper by Rayo and Williamson which I might take up when … Continue reading

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Absolute Generality 23: Parsons on the Williamson argument again

Let’s start by presenting a Williamson-style argument in a slightly different way. On an interpretative truth-theory for a language L, as we said, we’ll have a clause for a monadic L-predicate P along the lines of ‘for all o, P … Continue reading

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Absolute Generality 22: Parsons on varieties of Russell’s paradox

Parsons, however, doesn’t think that the principal problems about quantifying over everything arise from a supposed commitment to metaphysical realism but are “logical difficulties … [which] arise from considering how sentences or discourses containing quantifiers are interpreted. This apparently innocent … Continue reading

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