The idea of omnipotence plays a crucial role within the framework of classical theism. God is typically considered omnipotent, that is, able to perform any action. Sometimes, it is said that for God there is no difference between will and action; everything he wishes happens. However, as one reflects on the concept of omnipotence, some rather complex questions arise; the range of God’s possible “actions” is not clear. What are the boundaries of the power of an omnipotent being, if these boundaries exist at all? In this paper, we will examine an interesting question: is it possible that two omnipotent beings exist? Or, does the property of omnipotence necessarily imply the uniqueness of its instantiation? Intuitively, the existence of more than one omnipotent being seems to be contradictory. However, we will demonstrate that under some conditions the existence of two omnipotent beings is possible.

De Florio, C., Frigerio, A., Two Omnipotent Beings?, <<PHILOSOPHIA>>, 2015; 43 (2): 309-324. [doi:10.1007/s11406-015-9598-2] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/65754]

Two Omnipotent Beings?

De Florio, Ciro;Frigerio, Aldo
2015

Abstract

The idea of omnipotence plays a crucial role within the framework of classical theism. God is typically considered omnipotent, that is, able to perform any action. Sometimes, it is said that for God there is no difference between will and action; everything he wishes happens. However, as one reflects on the concept of omnipotence, some rather complex questions arise; the range of God’s possible “actions” is not clear. What are the boundaries of the power of an omnipotent being, if these boundaries exist at all? In this paper, we will examine an interesting question: is it possible that two omnipotent beings exist? Or, does the property of omnipotence necessarily imply the uniqueness of its instantiation? Intuitively, the existence of more than one omnipotent being seems to be contradictory. However, we will demonstrate that under some conditions the existence of two omnipotent beings is possible.
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De Florio, C., Frigerio, A., Two Omnipotent Beings?, <<PHILOSOPHIA>>, 2015; 43 (2): 309-324. [doi:10.1007/s11406-015-9598-2] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/65754]
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