The Words of Theology—2 Medieval and Modern Accounts

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Words of Theology—2 Medieval and Modern Accounts

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Duns Scotus claimed that the divine predicates (words such as ‘omnipotent’ used to pick out divine properties) are used in senses univocal with their ordinary senses. Aquinas claimed that these predicates were used in analogical senses. Aquinas's conclusion follows from his definition of univocity, which had the direct consequence that predicates applied to very different kinds of beings have for that reason, different senses. But in Scotus's sense of analogy, Aquinas would hold that the divine predicates are used univocally. However, I shall be claiming that in my sense of analogy (which is similar to that of Scotus), at least one divine predicate is used analogically.

Keywords: analogy; Aquinas; divine; Duns Scotus; univocity

Chapter.  5366 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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