Philosophy Colloquium: "The Modal Framework of Duns Scotus's Argument for God's Existence"

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:16pm -- ngroll
Speaker: 
Richard Cross
Affiliation: 
Notre Dame

Abstract: Duns Scotus's argument for God's existence includes something like the following claim, that has understandably puzzled commentators: any kind-essence such that its instances are uncausable is such that at least one instance of it exists. Scotus does not defend this claim in the course of his argument for God's existence, but he elsewhere lays out a complex and contested theory of modality that gives some idea as to why he may have found the claim plausible.

Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Bowl 2 Robertson Hall, WWS