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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 16702
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Truthmaking, resemblance, and divine simplicity
  Author(s):  Mahmoud Morvarid
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Religious Studies
  Year:  2021
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
According to the traditional doctrine of divine simplicity, if an intrinsic predication of the form 'God is F' is true, then God's F-ness exists and is identical with God. To avoid the absurdity of identifying God with a property, a number of philosophers have proposed that God's F-ness should be interpreted, not as a property God possesses, but as the truthmaker for 'God is F', which is God himself. I shall argue that given some plausible assumptions, the truthmaker interpretation would undermine the highly plausible idea that there are 'natural' predicates which apply univocally or (at least) analogically to both God and some created beings. The only way in which the advocate of the truthmaker interpretation can avoid this problem is to embrace wholesale radical nominalism (with its own costs). That is to say, the truthmaker interpretation is far more constrained than it might initially appear to be.

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