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[catalogued under 18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 1. Abstract Thought]

Full Idea

Theists may find attractive a view popular among medieval philosophers from Augustine on: that abstract objects are really divine thoughts. More exactly, propositions are divine thoughts, properties divine concepts, and sets divine collections.

Gist of Idea

Theists may see abstract objects as really divine thoughts


Alvin Plantinga (Why Propositions cannot be concrete [1993], p.233)

Book Reference

Plantinga,Alvin: 'Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality' [OUP 2003], p.233

A Reaction

Hm. I pass this on because we should be aware that there is a theological history to discussions of abstract objects, and some people have vested interests in keeping them outside of the natural world. Aren't properties natural? Does God gerrymander sets?