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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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Comments on Adams ‘The Priority of the Perfect’

Comments on Adams ‘The Priority of the Perfect’

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Rationalism, Platonism and God
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MARIA ROSA ANTOGNAZZA

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DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.003.0007

This chapter comments on Robert Adams’ chapter on the concept of the priority of the perfect in continental rationalists’ philosophical theology. It identifies the point of the top-down strategy project as a way of establishing that God’s properties are the ontological grounding of the properties of finite things, that that God is the root or ground of all reality, and a conclusion is not available from a bottom-up approach. It considers whether the theologically more promising top-down strategy does not simply beg a crucial question by assuming that we can have some conception of the perfect that is independent of, or prior to, a conception of the imperfect.

Keywords:   philosophical theology, Robert Adams, priority of the perfect, God, imperfection

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