The Divine Lawmaker: Lectures on Induction, Laws of Nature, and the Existence of God

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John Foster presents a clear and powerful discussion of a range of topics relating to our understanding of the universe: induction, laws of nature, and the existence of God. He begins by developing a solution to the problem of induction - a solution that involves the postulation of laws of nature, as forms of natural necessity. He then offers a radically new account of the nature of such laws and the distinctive kind of necessity they involve. Finally, he uses this account as the basis for an argument for the existence of God as the creator of the laws and the universe they govern. The Divine Lawmaker is bold and original in its approach, and rich in argument.

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"John Foster...uses his philosophical background to analyze the question of the rationality of belief in God as a causal agent for nature's regularities...Foster is writing for the philosophically literate; The Divine Lawmaker will appeal to the specialist and professional philosopher of science or religion..."—Science & Theology News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199250592
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2004
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Foster was tutorial Fellow of Brasenose College 1966-2005 and an Emeritus Fellow from 2005-2009. His research interests have been in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, mind, and language. He was the author of The Case for Idealism (1982), Ayer (1985), The Immaterial Self (1991), and The Nature of Perception (2000).

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Table of Contents

1. The Problem of Induction
2. Some Attempted Solutions
3. The Nomological-explanatory Solution
4. Two Objections to NES
5. The Problem of Laws
6. Armstrong's Theory
7. The Scenario without Laws
8. The Theistic Account
9. God and Laws
10. Completing the Picture

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