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In Defense of Conciliar ChristologyA Philosophical Essay$
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Timothy Pawl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198765929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198765929.001.0001

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The Theory Enfleshed

The Theory Enfleshed

(p.58) Chapter 3 The Theory Enfleshed
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

This third chapter presents some additional metaphysical assumptions I will be making for ease of exposition in the forthcoming chapters. This includes an assumption of a weak variety of hylomorphism for material substances (including Christ’s assumed human nature) and a minimal theory of truthmaking for predications. It applies this theory of truthmakers to give an understanding of the communication of idioms. The chapter concludes by discussing four objections to the theory presented in Chapters 2 and 3. These objections include questions about how properties are borrowed by the person from the natures (property borrowing); how the person and natures are related; how truths about supposits (i.e., hypostases) are made true; and questions concerning whether Christ’s human nature could exist unassumed.

Keywords:   hylomorphism, truthmaking, the communication of idioms, property borrowing, person, nature, supposit, hypostasis

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