Two (or Maybe One and a Half) Cheers for Perfect Being Theology

Philo 12 (2):228-251 (2009)
In a series of influential articles published in the 1980s, Thomas Morris argued that the most promising approach to many issues in the philosophy of religion is “perfect being theology.” A philosopher who adopts it begins by construing God as a maximally perfect being and then fills the conception in by using his or her modal intuitions and intuitions concerning what properties are and are not perfections. While I am sympathetic with Morris’s program, two aspects seem problematic. More justification is needed for construing God as a maximally perfect being, and the appeal to intuitions needs more support than Morris provides for it. I will comment on both difficulties
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/philo200912216
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 15,865
External links
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Brian Leftow (2011). Why Perfect Being Theology? International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 69 (2):103-118.
Brian Leftow (1997). Anselm on the Cost of Salvation. Medieval Philosophy and Theology 6 (1):73 - 92.
Jeff Jordan (2012). The Topography of Divine Love. Faith and Philosophy 29 (1):53-69.
Patrick Shaw (1995). Might God Not Have Been God? Religious Studies 31 (4):421 - 427.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

16 ( #163,835 of 1,724,951 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #167,175 of 1,724,951 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.