Clearing up the word “change”


In two posts concerning my Damascene Ontological argument, it seems a lot of the controversy has surrounded what it means to “change.” The reason such a controversy erupted is my failure to adequately define “change” within the argument.

I would say that it might be better to use the terms “mutable” and “immutable,” which are more precise. To be mutable means to change in who we are or have within our nature to ability to increase or decrease in a certain property or function. For instance, a human can become wiser. A human can become more moral or less moral. Likewise, a human can be divided in the sense that he can reproduce himself (with the aid of another).

To be immutable means the opposite of mutable. It means to not be able to increase or decrease in property or function. It means one does not mature or become immature. One simply is. While an immutable being might have emotional reactions or change how his plans might come to fruition, it doesn’t follow that this constitues an actual “change;” nothing is added to the immutable entity, nothing is taken away. He stays the same, though his reactions might be different.

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