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Referring to Eternal God

Paul Helm

in Eternal God

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237259
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237251.003.0011
Referring to Eternal God

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Discusses the issue of whether an eternal God could be successfully referred to. To argue that such reference may be successful, a distinction between identity and identification is drawn, and Kripke's distinction between giving the meaning of an expression and fixing its reference is employed. It is argued that God's reference may be fixed, and so reference to particulars and to God (assuming that God is a particular) is not necessarily empirical and spatio–temporal in character.

Keywords: empirical; identification; identity; Kripke; meaning; reference; spatio–temporal

Chapter.  7959 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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