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Chapter Eleven

A. W. Moore

in Points of View

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250623
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250622.003.0012
 Chapter Eleven

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I identify and discuss three principles that underlie these ideas: first, that we are finite; secondly, that we are self‐conscious about our finitude; and thirdly, that we aspire to be infinite. I argue that the third of these explains the value of certain things to us, and that it leads to our being shown that these things are of unconditioned value (even though they are not). Finally, by addressing the question what value our aspiration to be infinite itself has, I make some suggestions about the relationship between our ineffable knowledge and God.

Keywords: finite; God; ineffable; infinite; knowledge; self‐conscious; value

Chapter.  11437 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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