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Omnipotence and Other Possibilities

Lembke, Martin LU (2012) In Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 48(4). p.425-443
Abstract
The notion of omnipotence has proved to be quite recalcitrant to analysis. Still, during the last three decades or so, there has resurfaced a clever argument to the effect that, whatever omnipotence is, it cannot be exemplified in God: an allegedly impeccable and all-perfect being. Scrutinizing this argument, however, I find it less than convincing. Moreover, and more importantly, I venture a positive account of my own: a non-technical and distinctively metaphysical definition of omnipotence which, if true, sidesteps quite a number of well-known pitfalls. Also, by way of introduction, I review some earlier attempts.
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Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion
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48
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425 - 443
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10.1017/S0034412512000145
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {425--443},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion},
  title        = {Omnipotence and Other Possibilities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0034412512000145},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2012},
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