Chapter

Omnipotent

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240708.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Omnipotent

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A person P is omnipotent at a time t if and only if he is able to bring about any logically contingent state of affairs x after t, the descriptions of which does not entail that P did not bring x about at t. This is subject to the restriction that a person is no less omnipotent for being unable to bring about a state of affairs if he believes that he has overriding reason not to bring it about. So, God is omnipotent even if he is unable to do what he believes wrong. The paradox of the stone has false premises.

Keywords: Aquinas; God; omnipotence; overriding reason; paradox of the stone; state of affairs

Chapter.  5831 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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