The genesis of secular modality

Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI:
The genesis of secular modality

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This chapter sets out the genesis of secular modal status as a sequence, though in this context being earlier only means being presupposed by what follows. The steps are: God thinks up secular states of affairs. God notes any good-making or bad-making features they would have. If they would have good-making or bad-making features, God takes attitudes toward their obtaining. (If a state of affairs would have no such features, He takes no attitude.) Given His approval, disapproval, or neutrality, God decides whether to prevent these states of affairs. Finally, God prevents or permits, and perhaps also forms, dispositions to do so. The chapter argues that there are no temporal gaps between these steps.

Keywords: God; secular state of affairs; good-making; bad-making; attitude; approval; permit; prevent

Chapter.  15870 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion ; Metaphysics

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