July 6, 2011

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An Annotated Bibliography of Omnipotence

I'm currently working on an article on omnipotence for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I found it a useful first step to compile an annotated bibliography on the subject, and since I had the thing already prepared (and it's more comprehensive than what will go into the final article), I thought I'd share. If there is any important literature I'm missing, or any pieces which my annotations mischaracterize, I'd like to hear about it.

Posted by Kenny at July 6, 2011 2:54 PM
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Daniel J Hill? His "Divinity and Maximal Greatness", and the later paper on nominalism and omnipotence?

Posted by: Joseph at July 18, 2011 7:27 PM

Hi Kenny! Consider adding Daniel J Hill's treatment in his "Divinity and Maximal Greatness", and also his "A Nominalistic Definition of Omnipotence", in the New Waves in the Philosophy of Religion? Thanks!

Posted by: Joseph at July 18, 2011 7:44 PM

Hi Joseph,

Do you have the full citation for the later paper? I used the PhilPapers omnipotence category, of which I am the editor, as a starting point. Hill's "A New Definition of 'Omnipotence' in Terms of Sets" is on PhilPapers, but was mistakenly not included in the omnipotence category (the trawlers sometimes don't pick things up, I'm not sure why), so I've fixed that, and also added Hill's book, which wasn't on there at all. I couldn't find anything else on either PhilPapers or Philosophers' Index.

Posted by: Kenny at July 18, 2011 7:45 PM

Hill has a paper called"A New Definition of 'Omnipotence' in Terms of Sets" is in a volume called New Waves in Philosophy of Religion (I've verified this by checking in my library catalog). Is that the one you mean? Or does he have a nominalistic definition paper somewhere else?

Posted by: Kenny at July 18, 2011 7:48 PM

Hi yes, it's that very paper in the New Waves in Philosophy of Religion.

Posted by: Joseph at July 19, 2011 3:26 AM

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