Beyond the Control of God?: Six Views on The Problem of God and Abstract Objects

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Paul Gould

Year 2014
Pages 224
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Language en
ISBN 9781623565411
File Size 13.55 MB
File Format PDF , EPUB
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The question of God's relationship to abstract objects touches on a number of perennial concerns related to the nature of God. God is typically thought to be an independent and self-sufficient being. Further, God is typically thought to be supremely sovereign such that all reality distinct from God is dependent on God's creative and sustaining activity. However, the view that there are abstract objects seems to be a repudiation of this traditional understanding of God. Abstract objects are typically thought to exist necessarily and it is natural to think that if something exists necessarily, it does so because it is its nature to exist. Thus, abstract objects exist independently of God. Philosophers have called this the problem of God and abstract objects.