Dissertation

My dissertation, “Divine Ideas for Metaphysical Realism,” is at the intersection of Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion.  In it, I draw on Medieval and Renaissance conceptions of the relationship between divine ideas and created substances, particularly those of St. Augustine, Peter Abelard, St. Thomas, and Nicholas of Cusa, to argue that that, jointly, the doctrines of creation ex nihilo and divine omniscience entail that divine concepts can do all of the work for which abstract universals are typically posited.  I demonstrate that divine concepts are sufficient to ground the phenomena associated with the problem of universals and argue that rejecting the principle of character grounding with respect to God solves a bootstrapping objection to Theistic Conceptual Realism and reconciles it with the traditional doctrine of divine simplicity.