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The Simplicity of the Divine Essence

Thomas Aquinas and Richard J. Regan

in The Power of God: by Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199914395
eISBN:
9780190258351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199914395.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This Question examines what philosophical reason can say about the divine essence itself. It provides answers to the following: (1) Is God simple? (2) Is the essence or substance in God the same as ... More


The God-Absorbing Text: Black Fire on White Fire

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter first examines the lack of metaphysics about language and looks at how the Torah is composed of white fire (the divine substance) and black fire (letters). It looks at the symbolic ... More


Later Malebranche

Walter Ott

in Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198791713
eISBN:
9780191839597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791713.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter looks at two of Malebranche’s later innovations. I argue that the first (imbuing ideas with causal power) is of no help in explaining perception, for a causal connection is ... More


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