David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 46 (3):311-330 (2010)
This paper defends (especially in response to Brian Leftow’s recent attack) logical nominalism, the thesis that logically necessary truth belongs primarily to sentences and depends solely on the conventions of human language. A sentence is logically necessary (that is, a priori metaphysically necessary) iff its negation entails a contradiction. A sentence is a posteriori metaphysically necessary iff it reduces to a logical necessity when we substitute for rigid designators of objects or properties canonical descriptions of the essential properties of those objects or properties. The truth-conditions of necessary sentences are not to be found in any transcendent reality, such as God’s thoughts. "There is a God" is neither a priori nor a posteriori metaphysically necessary; God is necessary in the sense that His existence is not causally contingent on anything else
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
William Alston (2005). Beyond Justification: Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Saul A. Kripke (1980/1998). Naming and Necessity. Harvard University Press.
Thomas V. Morris & Christopher P. Menzel (1986). ``Absolute Creation&Quot. American Philosophical Quarterly 23:353-362.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Brian Leftow (2011). Composition and Christology. Faith and Philosophy 28 (3):310-322.
Quentin Smith (1996). Causation and the Logical Impossibility of a Divine Cause. Philosophical Topics 24 (1):169-191.
Agustín Rayo & Timothy Williamson (2003). A Completeness Theorem for Unrestricted First-Order Languages. In Jc Beall (ed.), Liars and Heaps. Oxford University Press.
Mario Gómez-torrente (1998). Logical Truth and Tarskian Logical Truth. Synthese 117 (3):375-408.
Eric M. Hammer (1996). The Truths of Logic. Synthese 109 (1):27 - 45.
Torsten Wilholt (2006). Think About the Consequences! Nominalism and the Argument From the Philosophy of Logic. Dialectica 60 (2):115–133.
Jeffrey E. Brower (2005). Aquinas's Metaphysics of Modality: A Reply to Leftow. Modern Schoolman 83 (3):201-212.
Added to index2010-07-29
Total downloads84 ( #17,610 of 1,139,990 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #32,713 of 1,139,990 )
How can I increase my downloads?