Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency / Edition 1 by Timothy O'Connor | 9781405169691 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency / Edition 1

Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency / Edition 1

by Timothy O'Connor
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405169699

ISBN-13: 9781405169691

Pub. Date: 02/15/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Theism and Ultimate Explanation engages with the traditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimate explanation of the most general features of the world we inhabit.

The first part of the book develops an original view concerning the epistemology and metaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible or necessary. This framework is

Overview

Theism and Ultimate Explanation engages with the traditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimate explanation of the most general features of the world we inhabit.

The first part of the book develops an original view concerning the epistemology and metaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible or necessary. This framework is then applied to a re-examination of the cosmological argument for theism. O’Connor defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmological argument from contingency for the existence of a transcendent necessary being as the source and basis for the ultimate explanation of contingent beings and their interconnected histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405169691
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I The Explanatory Role of Necessity 1

1. Modality and Explanation 3

Relative and Absolute Necessity 3

Scientifically Established Necessities 5

An Epistemological Worry about Modality: Causal Contact with Modal Facts 7

Modal Nihilism 10

Modal Reductionism and Defl ationism 15

Modal Anti-Realism and Quasi-Realism 27

Conclusion 30

2. Modal Knowledge 32

Conceivability As Our Guide? 32

Modality a Matter of Principle? 36

The Theoretical Roles of Modal Claims: Towards a Modal Epistemology 41

The Spheres of Possibility 60

Part II The Necessary Shape of Contingency 63

3. Ultimate Explanation and Necessary Being: The Existence Stage of the Cosmological Argument 65

Necessary Being 68

Two Objections to the Traditional Answer 73

Necessary Being As the Explanatory Ground of Contingency? 79

4. The Identification Stage 86

From Necessary Being to God, I: Transcendent, Not Immanent 86

Two Models of Transcendent Necessary Being: Logos and Chaos 93

Varieties of Chaos 93

Interlude: The Fine-Tuning Argument 97

From Necessary Being to God, II: Logos, Not Random Chaos 109

5. The Scope of Contingency 111

How Many Universes Would Perfection Realize? 111

Perfection and Freedom 121

Some Applications of the Many-Universe-Creation Hypothesis 122

Necessary Being and the Scope of Possibility 125

Necessary Being and the Many Necessary Truths 128

6. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Anselm? 130

The Unity of the Divine Nature and Its Consequences 132

Natural Theology in the Understanding of Revealed Theology 140

Coda 143

Notes 145

Bibliography 162

Index 172

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