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Divine Immutability for Henotheists


Baltzly, DC, Divine Immutability for Henotheists, Sophia, 55 pp. 129-143. ISSN 1873-930X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11841-015-0472-2


Discussions of divine immutability normally take place against the backdrop of a presupposition of monotheism. This background makes some problems seem especially salient—for instance, does the notion that God is immutable have any implications for God’s relation to time? In what follows, I’ll consider the problem of divine immutability in the context of henotheistic conceptions of god. I take henotheism to be the view that, although there are a plurality of gods, all of them are in some sense dependent upon and subordinate to one god that is the supreme first principle or archê. Henoetheism was the dominant approach to gods among the pagan philosophers of antiquity—with a few exceptions. I consider the development of henotheistic defences of divine immutability through a dialectical development from Xenophanes to Plato to Proclus (d. 485 CE).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Divine attributes . Henotheism . Ancient philosophy. Platonism
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History of philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Baltzly, DC (Professor Dirk Baltzly)
ID Code:106227
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-02-02
Last Modified:2020-08-25
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