publication . Thesis . 2014

Atheism and Analogy: Aquinas Against the Atheists

Linford, Daniel J.;
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  • Published: 04 Jun 2014
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In the 13th century, Thomas Aquinas developed two models for how humans may speak of God - either by the analogy of proportion or by the analogy of proportionality. Aquinas's doctrines initiated a theological debate concerning analogy that spanned several centuries. In the 18th century, there appeared two closely related arguments for atheism which both utilized analogy for their own purposes. In this thesis, I show that one argument, articulated by the French materialist Paul-Henri Thiry Baron d'Holbach, is successful in showing that God-talk, as conceived of using the analogy of proportion, is unintelligible non-sense. In addition, I show that another argument...
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free text keywords: atheism, theology, analogy, God, Berkeley, Hume, Anthony Collins, d'Holbach
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