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Analyzing Aseity

Adams, Sarah; Robson, Jon


Sarah Adams


The doctrine of divine aseity has played a significant role in the development of classical theism. However, very little attention has been paid in recent years to the question of how precisely aseity should be characterised. We argue that this neglect is unwarranted since extant characterisations of this central divine attribute quickly encounter difficulties. In particular, we present a new argument to show that the most widely accepted contemporary account of aseity is inconsistent. We then consider the prospects for developing a new account of aseity which avoids the pitfalls we have highlighted.


Adams, S., & Robson, J. (2020). Analyzing Aseity. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 50(2), 251-267.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2019
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2019
Publication Date 2020-02
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 25, 2021
Journal Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Print ISSN 0045-5091
Electronic ISSN 1911-0820
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 2
Pages 251-267
Keywords Aseity; Divine independence; Divine attributes; Anselmian theism; Metaphysics; Religion
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Canadian Journal of Philosophy on 24.10.2019, available online:


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