, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

On the limits of divine power

  • Bernard D. Katz


This paper considers the question of whether there are truths independent of God's power. It defends a traditional conception of divine power, according to which God's power does not extend to logically necessary truths, such as those of logic and mathematics, against Cartesian voluntarism, here taken as the doctrine that every truth falls within the compass of God's creative will. The paper argues that the voluntarist position is internally inconsistent. It concludes that if God is an absolute, unconditioned reality, then there must be truths that are independent of God's power.


Logical Truth Logical Necessity Contradictory State Eternal Truth Divine Power 
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© Springer SBM B.V. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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