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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 the Incompatibility

Denying the Incompatibility

(p.152) Chapter 7 Denying the Incompatibility
In Defense of Conciliar Christology

Timothy Pawl

Oxford University Press

The previous solutions to the Fundamental Problem approach it by claiming that the predicates are incompatible when said of the same thing without qualification, but that once the appropriate qualification is added, compatibility is achieved. This chapter provides a different approach. Here it is argued that the predicates can be understood so that their aptness conditions are compatible. The chapter then works out the logical relations between Candidate Predicates, so understood, showing that no contradiction follows from understanding them as compatible in the way suggested here. After that, the chapter considers some of the motivating intuitions we have for believing the purportedly incompatible pairs to be, in fact, incompatible, and argues that, on the view offered here, we can salvage most of those intuitions. Eight objections to the view are then discussed.

Keywords:   the Fundamental Problem, Candidate Predicates, aptness conditions, logical relations between Candidate Predicates, motivating intuitions

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