Brower and Rea's Constitution Account of the Trinity

Alexander R. Pruss

in Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199216215
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695995 | DOI:
Brower and Rea's Constitution Account of the Trinity

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This chapter presents a sympathetic criticism of the constitution view. It starts by sketching the problem and Brower and Rea's solution, with some quick objections. The chapter then focuses the argument on three major points. First, the solution as it stands neglects an important feature of Aristotle's account. Second, the metaphysics does not seem to work well in diachronic and interworld cases. Third, the Brower and Rea solution is incomplete in the sense that it does not rule out views that are clearly modalist. Lastly, it offers a suggestion for how one can complete the view to avoid the last problem, and discusses an alternative but related approach attributed to Aquinas.

Keywords: Aristotle; sameness; modalism; Aquinas; metaphysics; Brower; Rea

Chapter.  6325 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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