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God and Necessity$
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Brian Leftow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263356.001.0001

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God and Necessity
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Brian Leftow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263356.003.0003

This chapter sets out four broad ways to handle the conflicts displayed by the Introduction. One might argue that necessary truths have no ontology. One might argue that the theist claims that the conflicts involve really have a restricted scope — that they say only that God is the source of (say) concrete things and that no concrete thing is co-eternal with Him. This would let one claim that necessary truths’ ontology falls outside this scope and again, the conflicts do not really arise. One might argue that necessary truths have only a ‘safe’ ontology — one that does not actually create the conflicts; safe ontologies considered include conventionalism, conceptualism, and non-divine powers theories. The last approach, which it recommends, is to bring God into the ontology of necessary truth.

Keywords:   God, ontology, necessary, conventionalism, conceptualism, powers

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