Ontology and Providence in Creation: Taking Ex Nihilo Seriously

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Ontology and Providence in Creation critically examines a particular Leibnizean inspired understanding of God's creation of the world and proposes that a different understanding should be adopted. The Leibnizean argument proposes that God's understanding encompassed a host of possible worlds, only one of which he actualized. This proposition is the current orthodoxy when philosopher and theologians talk about the philosophical understanding of creation.

Mark Robson argues that ...

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Overview

Ontology and Providence in Creation critically examines a particular Leibnizean inspired understanding of God's creation of the world and proposes that a different understanding should be adopted. The Leibnizean argument proposes that God's understanding encompassed a host of possible worlds, only one of which he actualized. This proposition is the current orthodoxy when philosopher and theologians talk about the philosophical understanding of creation.

Mark Robson argues that this commits the Leibnizean to the notion that possibility is determinate. He proposes that this understanding of creation does not do justice to the doctrine that God created the world out of nothing. Instead of possible worlds, Robson argues that we should understand possibility as indeterminate. There are no things in possibility, hence God created out of nothing. He examines how this conception of possibility is held by C.S. Peirce and how it was developed by Charles Hartshorne. Robson contends that not only does the indeterminate understanding of possibility take seriously the nothing of ex nihilo, but that it also offers a new solution to the problem of evil.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441183231
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/5/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Ontology of Creatio Ex Nihilo 1

Ch. 1 Leibniz's Ontology of the Possible 3

Ch. 2 The Ontology of Modern Modal Theories 16

Ch. 3 An Alternative Account Concerning Possibilia 38

Ch. 4 Vagueness and Indeterminateness 64

Ch. 5 Knowledge, Possibility and Ockham 74

Ch. 6 Divine Capacities 96

Pt. II Providential Aspects of Creatio Ex Nihilo 107

Ch. 7 Theories of Providence 109

Ch. 8 Providence and Indeterminateness 129

Ch. 9 God and Chance 145

Pt. III Creativity and Creatio Ex Nihilo 161

Ch. 10 The Notion of Creativity 163

Ch. 11 Externalism and the Creation of Meaning 190

Conclusion 205

Bibliography 208

Index 217

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