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Theist solutions

Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263356.003.0004
Theist solutions

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The chapter first displays how Descartes and Leibniz offered contrasting theist approaches to the conflicts — Leibniz’ being in a broad sense Platonic. Theists, it argues, should hold that necessary truths never have non-divine ontology not both created if it begins to exist and sustained if continuing to exist. They should hold that God creates and sustains events much as He does non-events like tables and chairs, and that if a necessary truth has no ontology, God still explains its being true. The chapter also argues that by providing necessary truths’ ontologies, God makes them true, discussing identity-statements, truths about essences and attributes, mathematical truths, and logical truths, including truths of modal logic.

Keywords: God; ontology; events; identity-statements; essence; attribute; mathematical truth; logical truth; modal logic; descartes; leibniz

Chapter.  13102 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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