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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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Denying “In the Same Way”

Denying “In the Same Way”

(p.117) Chapter 6 Denying “In the Same Way”
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on a family of responses to the Fundamental Problem. The members of this family accept that a predicate and its complement cannot be apt of something at the same time in the same way. These responses all claim that the last clause, “in the same way” is not fulfilled by the divine and human predicates said of Jesus Christ. The human predicates are apt of Christ “qua” human; and likewise for the divine predicates. Christ is passible according to his humanity, impassible according to his divinity. Such responses are called “qua” responses. The chapter distinguishes six responses to the problem, depending on which parts of the predications are modified by a “qua” clause so that the predications are not said in the same way. Perhaps the subject is modified, so that the subject is really “Christ-qua-human.” Perhaps the predicate is modified, so that the predicate is really “passible-qua-human.”

Keywords:   qua responses, the Fundamental Problem, divine predicates, human predicates, “qua” clause

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