The Nature of Providence

The Nature of Providence - The Nature of Providence, II I....

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The Nature of Providence, II I. Van Inwagen's "The Place of Chance in a World Sustained by God" A. vI's model of divine action: God creates and sustains in existence a multitude of elementary particles (or fields or whatever), supplying each at each moment with its causal powers and liabilities (how it will act on and react to other particles). B. This can easily be extended to providing emergent causal powers to organisms: souls, free will, etc. C. Miracles and natural law. Natural laws consist in the general constancy of causal powers of particles over time. Each particle belongs to one of a limited number of natural kinds, and the causal powers of particles belonging to the same kind are very similar and stable. A miracle involves investing material things with extraordinary powers, powers that are not typical of their natural kinds. D. Divine action can be represented by a set of decrees: "let it be that such-and-such a particle exist (with such-and-such causal powers)". II. Plans and Chance
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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