The Divine Attributes

Course Description: 

We will consider the properties attributed to God in the Western philosophical tradition. We will examine both historical and contemporary attempts to formulate doctrines of divine omniscience, omnipotence and absolute goodness, as well as eternality, simplicity, immutability and necessary existence. We will investigate whether these properties are consistent with each other and with free will, contingency and the existence of evil. Along the way, we will explore the broader consequences of these doctrines for philosophy of language, ontology, modality and modal epistemology, and ethics. The course is open to all philosophy students, others should seek instructor permission.