A formal-logical approach to the concept of god



Concept of god, Formal philosophy of religion, Simplest quantified modal logic, Religious plurality


In this paper I try to answer four basic questions: (1) How the concept of God is to be represented? (2) Are there any logical principles governing it? (3) If so, what kind of logic lies behind them? (4) Can there be a logic of the concept of God? I address them by presenting a formal-logical account to the concept of God. I take it as a methodological desideratum that this should be done within the simplest existing logical formalism. I start with first-order logic (FOL) with identity, and then show that its simplest modal extension (SQML, or the simplest quantified modal logic) is enough for us to formalize a minimally satisfactory theory of the concept of God. I focus exclusively on the monotheistic concept of God.


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Biografia do Autor

Ricardo Sousa Silvestre, Federal University of Campina Grande

PhD in Philosophy from the University of Montreal. Associate Professor at the Federal University of Campina Grande (PB).


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SILVESTRE, R. S. . A formal-logical approach to the concept of god. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 44, n. 4, p. 224–260, 2022. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/manuscrito/article/view/8668892. Acesso em: 27 set. 2022.