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God, existence, and fictional objects : the case for Meinongian theism

Author: John-Mark L Miravalle
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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God and fictional objects are central topics within philosophy, but rarely do the respective discussions overlap. Until now the two fields have remained mostly independent. Applying the debate about fictional objects to issues of theology for the first time, the author bridges these two fields and presents a new approach to notions of God, creatures, and existence. The author explains why meinongianism, which holds  Read more...
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Miravalle, John-Mark L., 1982-
God, existence, and fictional objects.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018
(DLC) 2018035300
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John-Mark L Miravalle
ISBN: 9781350061613 1350061611
OCLC Number: 1028604942
Description: 186 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Things that don't exist --
Fictional object nominalism --
Fictional object realism --
Meinongianism --
God's existence and nonexistence --
Contingency and nonexistence --
Perfection and divine existence --
Nonexistence and creatures --
Ex nihilo and nonexistence --
Infinite existence and countless nonexistents --
Providence and freedom --
Nonexistents and middle knowledge --
Evil as nonexistence.
Responsibility: by John-Mark L. Miravalle.

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God and fictional objects are central topics within philosophy, but rarely do the respective discussions overlap. Until now the two fields have remained mostly independent. Applying the debate about fictional objects to issues of theology for the first time, the author bridges these two fields and presents a new approach to notions of God, creatures, and existence. The author explains why meinongianism, which holds that certain things can have properties and serve as intentional objects even though they do not exist, can facilitate talk of nonexistence better than other metaphysical viewpoints, such as platonism, modal realism, or pretense-theory. He identifies points of connection between theology and nonexistents and uses meinongianism to buttress the cosmological and ontological arguments for God's existence. As a result, he is able to explore fresh solutions to problems of classical theism, from the necessary existence of God and creation ex nihilo to free will and the problem of evil.

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