Simplicity’s Deficiency: Al-Ghazali’s Defense of the Divine Attributes and Contemporary Trinitarian Metaphysics

Topoi 36 (4):665-673 (2017)

Nicholas Martin
Western Washington University
I reconstruct and analyze al-Ghazali’s arguments defending a plurality of real divine attributes in The Incoherence of the Philosophers. I show that one of these arguments can be made to engage with and defend Jeffrey E. Brower and Michael C. Rea’s “Numerical Sameness Without Identity” model of the Trinity. To that end, I provide some background on the metaphysical commitments at play in al-Ghazali’s arguments.
Keywords Accidents  Al-Ghazali  Arabic philosophy  Aquinas  Aseity  Averroes  Avicenna  Divine attributes  Divine simplicity  Incoherence of the philosophers  Islamic philosophy
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-016-9400-5
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