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Jerry L. Walls and Trent Dougherty

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190842215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190842215.001.0001

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The Argument from Intentionality (or Aboutness)

The Argument from Intentionality (or Aboutness)

Propositions Supernaturalized

Chapter:
(A) The Argument from Intentionality (or Aboutness)
Source:
Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God
Author(s):

Lorraine Juliano Keller

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190842215.003.0002

The Theistic Argument from Intentionality (TAI) is a venerable argument for the existence of God from the existence of eternal truths. The argument relies inter alia on the premises that (i) truth requires representation, and that (ii) non-derivative representation is a function of, and only of, minds. If propositions are the fundamental bearers of truth and falsity, then these premises entail that propositions (or at least their representational properties) depend on minds. Although it is widely thought that psychologism—the view that the fundamental truth-bearers are mind-dependent—was refuted by Frege, a psychologistic view of propositions has been undergoing a revival. However, this new psychologism suffers from a problem of scarcity—finite minds cannot generate enough thoughts to play the role of fundamental truth-bearers. This objection paves the way for a revised version of the TAI: only an infinite mind can furnish enough thoughts to play the role of propositions.

Keywords:   propositions, propositional naturalism, intentionality, theistic argument from intentionality, psychologism, representation

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