Simplicity or Priority?

In Jonathan L. Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press (2015)

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Gregory Fowler
University of Rochester
Abstract
This chapter is a work in applied metaphysics. Recent discussions of monism and metaphysical dependence are deployed to develop a view—the doctrine of divine priority (DDP)—that is a viable alternative to the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS). DDS and the traditional motivation for it are introduced using an analogy involving Jonathan Schaffer’s distinction between two forms of monism. It is argued that DDP is an alternative to DDS by showing that it is consistent with the traditional motivation for the latter view, and argued that DDP is a viable alternative by showing that objections to its peculiar implications rest on assumptions that can reasonably be rejected. In the concluding section, the findings of the main discussion are summarized and DDP’s potential theological import is illustrated by briefly discussing a possible solution to the Problem of the Trinity it suggests.
Keywords Divine Simplicity  Monism
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