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Aquinas on the Nature and Implications of Divine Simplicity

Christopher Hughes


I discuss what Aquinas’ doctrine of divine simplicity is, and what he takes to be its implications. I also discuss the extent to which Aquinas succeeds in motivating and defending those (putative) implications.

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