Topoi 26 (2):191-199 (2007)

Authors
Abstract
According to a doctrine widely held by most medieval philosophers and theologians, whether in the Muslim or Christian world, there are no metaphysical distinctions in God whatsoever. As a result of the compendious theorizing that has been done on this issue, the doctrine, usually called the doctrine of divine simplicity, has been bestowed a prominent status in both Islamic and Christian philosophical theology. In Islamic philosophy some well-known philosophers, such as Ibn Sina (980–1037) and Mulla Sadra (1571–1640), developed this doctrine through a metaphysical approach. In this paper, considering the historical order, I shall first concentrate on Ibn Sina’s view. Then I shall turn to the theory of divine simplicity of Thomas Aquinas (1225?–1274), as the most developed and comprehensive version of the medieval theories in Christian world. Finally, I will return to Islamic philosophy and explore the more complicated and mature account of the doctrine as it was introduced by Mulla Sadra according to his own philosophical principles.
Keywords Aquinas  Divine attributes  Divine simplicity  Ibn Sina  Mulla Sadra
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11245-007-9020-1
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,639
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

Aquinas.Eleonore Stump - 2003 - Routledge.
Divine Simplicity.Nicholas Wolterstorff - 1991 - Philosophical Perspectives 5:531-552.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Divine Simplicity.William F. Vallicella - 2019 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Is God an Abstract Object?Brian Leftow - 1990 - Noûs 24 (4):581-598.
Making Sense of Divine Simplicity.Jeffrey E. Brower - 2008 - Faith and Philosophy 25 (1):3-30.
Simplicity and Aseity.Jeffrey E. Brower - 2009 - In Thomas P. Flint & Michael C. Rea (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. Oxford University Press. pp. 105-28.
Jonathan Edwards on Divine Simplicity.Oliver D. Crisp - 2003 - Religious Studies 39 (1):23-41.
Divine Simplicity and Divine Command Ethics.Susan Peppers-Bates - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):361-369.
Aquinas, Divine Simplicity, and Divine Freedom.W. Matthews Grant - 2003 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:129-144.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
143 ( #61,534 of 2,331,237 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #397,056 of 2,331,237 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes