Two theological accounts of logic: theistic conceptual realism and a reformed archetype-ectype model

In this essay I analyze two emerging theistic accounts of the laws of logic, one precipitated by theistic conceptual realism and the other from an archetype-ectype paradigm in Reformed Scholasticism. The former posits the laws of logic as uncreated and necessary divine thoughts, whereas the latter t...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Sutanto, Nathaniel Gray
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2016, Volume: 79, Issue: 3, Pages: 239-260
Further subjects:B Archetype-ectype
B Franciscus Junius
B Theological paradox
B SCHOLASTICISM (Theology)
B Junius, Franciscus
B Archetype (Psychology)
B Logic
B Natural Theology
B Theistic conceptual realism
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Summary:In this essay I analyze two emerging theistic accounts of the laws of logic, one precipitated by theistic conceptual realism and the other from an archetype-ectype paradigm in Reformed Scholasticism. The former posits the laws of logic as uncreated and necessary divine thoughts, whereas the latter thinks of those laws as contingent, accommodated forms of a pre-existing archetypal rationality. After the analysis of the two accounts, I offer an explication of the theological rationale motivating the archetype-ectype model of the laws of logic, and apply that model to recent discussions on theological paradox, abstract objects, and the function of natural-theological argumentation in apologetics. Finally, I respond to three anticipated objections against the archetype-ectype model.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-015-9543-0