Aquinas's Two Concepts of Analogy and a Complex Semantics for Naming the Simple God

The Thomist 83 (2):155-184 (2019)
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This paper makes two main arguments. First, that to understand analogy in St. Thomas Aquinas, one must distinguish two logically distinct concepts he inherited from Aristotle: one a kind of likeness between things, the other a kind of relation between linguistic functions. Second, that analogy (in both of these senses) plays a relatively small role in Aquinas's treatment of divine naming, compared to the realist semantic framework in which questions about divine naming are formulated and resolved, and on which the coherence of the doctrine of divine simplicity—which is what gives rise to the questions of divine naming in the first place—depends.

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Joshua P. Hochschild
Mount St. Mary's University


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