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.

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  1. Credo House Ministries’ Inaccuracies about the Trinity and the Council of Nicea (Dale) » trinities
    March 21, 2013 @ 4:19 am

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  2. Dale
    April 7, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    You’re welcome!

    Yes, Jeff is an excellent philosopher. His papers are always worthwhile.

    Yes, they thought that any composite being existed in part because of those parts or ingredients, and so could not exist a se. Of course, this makes the most sense if you believe in universals and think of them as something like parts of what they are in – that is, to an Aristotelian. I’m not convinced that there couldn’t be a necessary and a se being with multiple properties, and even non-essential properties.

    Also see Jeff’s paper in which he tries to make sense of simplicity in terms of current day truthmaker theory.

  3. reality checker
    April 7, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Dale,
    I wanted to thank you for always providing informative links within your Blogs. They’ve been very helpful for me in acquiring answers to philosophical religious questions that I had been stumped in finding answers to. Take for example this latest blog. I’d been groping around to find a reason why early patristic writers always considered the doctrine of divine simplicity so important. One of your links led to Jeff Browers papers, one of which was ‘Simplicity and Aseity,’ published in The Oxford Handbook to Philosophical Theology. In this essay Jeff brought out that the Concept that God being completely independent of anything for his being/existence (ASEITY) was of Prime importance amongst Jewish, christian and Islamic philosophies. This concept necessarily required the concept of Simplicity -i.e. that God doesn’t have attributes but essentially IS his existence and attributes, otherwise God would be dependent on properties external to him for his existence -BYE BYE Aseity! Wow the necessity of accepting Simplicity to secure Aseity made convoluted sense now and I understand why this concept was so important to the philosophising church fathers. Anyway with this example I wanted to show how helpful your links have been for increasing my knowledge base. Keep up the good work!