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A Metafísica de Copleston e o Debate com Russell

A Metafísica de Copleston e o Debate com Russell

Alexander Maar, “A Metafísica de Copleston e o Debate com Russell,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76, no. 4 (2020): 1331–62,

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  • A Metafísica de Copleston e o Debate com Russell

    Type Journal Article
    Author Alexander Maar
    Rights © 2020 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural
    Volume 76
    Issue 4
    Pages 1331-1362
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283
    Date 2020
    Extra Copleston’s Metaphysics and the Debate with Russell
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2020_76_4_1331
    Language Portuguese
    Abstract Father Frederick Copleston is best known for his carefully crafted works History of Philosophy and Thomas Aquinas. Copleston’s most notable metaphysical thesis is his interpretation of the argument from contingency, which he sees as the superior choice for theists. He draws on Aquinas and distinguishes between causa fieri and causa esse to argue that God is a higher order (vertical) cause of contingent causal series (horizontal). Copleston presents God not as a temporal first cause, but an ontologically ultimate cause necessary to explain a contingent universe. His contribution changed the way we read Aquinas. Copleston’s willingness to debate his thesis with different philosophical perspectives is illustrated by his acceptance to discuss God’s existence with Bertrand Russell, in 1948. This BBC radio debate epitomises the dispute between theists and atheists from the 1940s onwards. I undertake to expound and comment Copleston’s contribution to metaphysics, present relevant parts of the debate and provide criticism.
    Date Added 1/28/2021, 10:24:00 PM
    Modified 1/28/2021, 10:37:03 PM


    • Copleston, cosmological argument, metaphysics, necessary being, Russell & Copleston debate


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