Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA)
Second Committee Member
Analogies, Early Modern Philosophy, Jonathan Edwards, Ontology, Trinity
Jonathan Edwards scholarship has been divided in recent years on the correct interpretation of his work. Scholars like Sang Hyun Lee and Amy Plantinga Pauw maintain that Edwards used a radically new dispositional ontology to understand the fundamental realities of nature. Oliver Crisp, Kyle Strobel, and Steve Studebaker have argued that Edwards used an essentialist ontology. I will defend the latter position and explain how it is tied to Edwards’s Trinitarianism. I argue for an interpretation of Edwards that situates him in his historical and theological context. The early modern philosophy of his day was marked by essentialist ontology. The Reformed tradition of his day was marked by understanding the Trinity in an orthodox way. I argue that Edwards combined both of these themes in his philosophy and theology. This made for a unique understanding of ontology and Trinitarianism, but Edwards remained within the bounds of the philosophy and theology of his time.
Davis, H. (2021). The Interconnectedness of Jonathan Edwards's Ontology and Trinitarianism. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4090