The Trinity and Extended Simples

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In this paper, I will offer an analogy between the Trinity and extended simples that supports a Latin approach to the Trinity. The theoretical tools developed to discuss and debate extended simples in the literature of contemporary analytic metaphysics, I argue, can help us make useful conceptual distinctions in attempts to understand what it could be for God to be Triune. Furthermore, the analogy between extended simples and the Trinity might surprise some who find one of these at least plausibly possible and the other incoherent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-440
Number of pages26
JournalFaith and Philosophy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • the Trinity
  • extended simples
  • Latin Trinitarianism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies


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