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Hylomorphism and the incarnation <sup>1</sup>

Michael C. Rea

in The Metaphysics of the Incarnation

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199583164
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583164.003.0007
                   Hylomorphism and the incarnation                                               1

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This chapter offers a model of the incarnation that incorporates two central features of Aristotelian metaphysics which have elsewhere been deployed in solving the so—called Logical Problem of the Trinity: i a hylomorphic understanding of material objects and, by analogy, the divine persons, and ii a doctrine of numerical sameness without identity. The model that is offered ties in with and extends what that is taken to be the most philosophically satisfying and creedally orthodox account of the Trinity. The chapter argues, furthermore, that it solves an important puzzle about the incarnation a puzzle raised in Thomas P. Flint's contribution to the present volume, and fits well with views endorsed by some of the most important Eastern and Western definers and defenders of Christian doctrine in the 4th and 5th centuries.

Keywords: Aristotle; hylomorphism; substance; sameness; identity; nature; power; form; matter; Trinity

Chapter.  9041 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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