Friday, 17 May 2019
Gyorgy Gereby: Types of counter-Eunomian arguments in the Cappadocians
The paper addresses the arguments deployed by the Cappadocians against Eunomius' epistemology. Logic played an important role in the theological debate but the cogency of the arguments against the neo-Arians has been addressed less frequently. How many of the arguments rely on intuition despite their being presented as genuinely valid, and how many are persuasive while essentially contain logical fallacies (strictly speaking). Laying bare the structures shows how much of the argumentation depends on different intuitions and theological insights. The outcome of the investigation leads to problems in theological method.