Comments on Adams ‘The Priority of the Perfect’


in Rationalism, Platonism and God

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Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264201
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734670 | DOI:

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Comments on Adams ‘The Priority of the Perfect’

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This chapter comments on Robert Adams’ chapter on the concept of the priority of the perfect in continental rationalists’ philosophical theology. It identifies the point of the top-down strategy project as a way of establishing that God’s properties are the ontological grounding of the properties of finite things, that that God is the root or ground of all reality, and a conclusion is not available from a bottom-up approach. It considers whether the theologically more promising top-down strategy does not simply beg a crucial question by assuming that we can have some conception of the perfect that is independent of, or prior to, a conception of the imperfect.

Keywords: philosophical theology; Robert Adams; priority of the perfect; God; imperfection

Chapter.  5604 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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