Some remarks on formal description of God's omnipotence

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.2011.020

Abstract


There are proposed two simple formal descriptions of the notion of God’s omnipotence which are inspired by formalizations of C. Christian and E. Nieznański. Our first proposal is expressed in a modal sentential language with quantifires. The second one is formulated in first order predicate language. In frame of the second aproach we admit using self-referential expressions. In effect we link our considerations with so called paradox of God’s omnipotence and reconstruct some argumentation against the possibility of reference God’s omnipotence to a lack of itself.

Keywords


omnipotence; self-reference; formalization; theodicy

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