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Rationalism, Platonism and GodA Symposium on Early Modern Philosophy$
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Michael Ayers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264201

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.001.0001

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The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists

The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists

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(p.90) (p.91) 6 The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists
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Rationalism, Platonism and God
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ROBERT MERRIHEW ADAMS

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.003.0006

This chapter examines the concept of the priority of the perfect in continental rationalists’ philosophical theology. It suggests that the less perfect or complete needs to be understood in terms of what is more perfect and complete and this is called the top-down strategy. It argues that divine knowledge constitutes a kind of perfect ideal or archetype which human knowledge imperfectly resembles or approaches and contends that man’s knowledge and thought could be to God’s rather as a dog’s is to man’s.

Keywords:   philosophical theology, continental rationalists, priority of the perfect, human knowledge, God

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