Dale Tuggy

Dale Tuggy is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in analytic theology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and the history of philosophy.

2 Comments

  1. Randal Rauser
    April 23, 2015 @ 9:13 am

    This was a fascinating episode. It brought me back to my days studying with Colin Gunton in England (Steve studied under Colin too). I could never track with Colin’s Barthian reticence to speak about three centers of consciousness in the Trinity.

    As for Steve and this interview, he seemed to be especially concerned about the limitations with understanding God and our likeness to God in terms of reason. With that in mind, I wonder if you could have made progress by setting aside the “self” question and presenting the query in the terms of Nagel’s “something there is like to be” criterion. Is there something it is like to be a bat? God? The Second Person of the Trinity?

    I find it tough to deny that there is something it is like to be the Father which is in some sense different from what it is like to be the Son. (E.g. Jesus stubbed his toe on a rock and now has the memory “I stubbed my toe on a rock.” The Father has neither the experience nor the exact same memory.) It also seems to me there is something it is like to be God simpliciter (the shared content of the three?). And that’s where I’m going to stop before I get into trouble.

    • Dale Tuggy
      April 24, 2015 @ 12:35 am

      Hi Randall – thanks for the comments. I can imagine that maybe one self has multiple points of view simultaneously, so I would think that multiple points of view would be neutral between one-self and three-self interpretations. But it seems right to me that any Christian would says that Jesus remembers, and the Father doesn’t remember, being crucified. (I’m talking about first-person memories.) But if they differ, then it follows by the indiscernibility of identicals, that they are two, non-identical, yes?