Concepts, syntax, and actualism

Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI:
Concepts, syntax, and actualism

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Because it is useful to speak as if there were divine concepts, this chapter discusses God’s mental content in concept language. It provides an account of concepts simple in content. It then takes up ways concepts combine. It suggests that God invents His creature-concepts’ modes of combination, rather than finding them innate in Himself. It also argues that God actually makes all possible combinations of His concepts. This helps secure actualism — the metaphysical thesis that all that is is actual — for the book’s overall theory.

Keywords: God; mental content; concept; simple concept; mode of combination; innate; actualism

Chapter.  8114 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion ; Metaphysics

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