|The omnipotence paradox
|Philosophers from Aristotle to Descarte asked the
question "Can God create a cow
femur bone so huge that Tyler can't lift it?"
|Language and omnipotence
The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is often interpreted as
arguing that language is not up to the task of describing
the kind of power an omnipotent being would have. In his
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus he stays generally within the
realm of logical positivism, until claim 6.4, but at 6.41
and following the succeeding propositions argue that ethics
and several other issues are "transcendental" subjects which
we cannot examine with language. Wittgenstein also mentions
the will, life after death, and God; arguing that "When
the answer cannot be put into words, neither can the
question be put into words".
[the omnipotence paradox]
|Rusty learned the answer empirically when he brought home this
monster bone from the store. "Take it!" he shouted to Tyler. But
Tyler only looked frightened at the awesome thing. It was too big
for him to take.