Phil 134 Notes • Omnipotence vs. Omni benevolence vs. omniscience • All powerful, all good, all knowing (respectively) • Other attributes: being unchanging, outside of time, etc. • Of the traditional Greek gods, what applies to them? Not omnipotence; Zeus it the most powerful, but cannot overturn fate; does not control everything. None of them really apply- they are able to trick each other so they are not all knowing, and definitely not all good. • Plato’s god vs. Xenophanes. Plato had demiurge IS Omni benevolent- God’s are not causes of all things, only the causes of good, never the causes of evil! NEVER LEARN STORIES OF BAD GODS ACCORDING TO PLATO! • Is the world all-good though? No the demiurge creates the world by taking the receptacle- place from complete disorder to order, and gives the world as much structure as possible, and leaves the world soul and other created souls as his proxies to run the world because he himself is out of time. But the world is not perfect because the demiurge has to work with imperfect materials, however he is
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