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The Metaphysics Of Divine Action

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'Metaphysics' is not a popular word in contemporary culture but, in fact, no one can live a reflective life without adopting some broad view of the nature of reality, however tentative and subject to possible revision it might need to be. Anyone who wishes to speak of agency, whether human or divine, will have to adopt a metaphysical point of view within which to conduct the discourse. Metaphysical theories are ontologically serious. It is a central philosophical question how what is the case is related to the knowledge of the world. The growing recognition of the remarkable powers of self-organization displayed by complex physical systems far from equilibrium has encouraged some to adopt a refined form of physicalism. It seems that experience of human agency is basic and by itself sufficient to indicate that a metaphysical scheme affording no scope for top-down causality would be seriously defective.

Keywords: divine action; metaphysical theories



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