Reflection in Apophatic Mathematics and Theology


A long tradition in theology holds that the divine is in some sense incomprehensible, ineffable, or indescribable. This is mirrored in the set-theoretic literature by those who hold that the universe of sets is incomprehensible, ineffable, or indescribable. In this latter field, set theorists often study reflection principles; axioms that posit indescribability properties of the universe. This paper seeks to examine a theological reflection principle, which can be used to deliver a very rich ontology. I argue that in analogy with set-theoretic reflection principles, we should understand theological reflection via schematic commitment.

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Neil Barton
Universit├Ąt Konstanz


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