A Tale of two Cronies

Jonathan L Kvanvig

in Destiny and Deliberation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696574
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732270 | DOI:
A Tale of two Cronies

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This chapter presents the tale of two individuals, Moll and Ott, who share a religious vision that includes thinking of the creation of the inanimate parts of creation terms of God's imparting certain causal powers to things. From these causal powers arise whatever laws of nature govern such entities, and the causal powers thus support counterfactual claims as well. In a deterministic world with nothing but inanimate things, God can create by creating things with causal powers. These powers perhaps even correlate perfectly with the truth of various conditionals, conditionals about what will happen given the original conditions and conditionals about what would happen had things been slightly different from what they in fact are. Moll and Ott's happy moment of sharing is interrupted by Occ. Occ says that God created the things in question together with their characteristic behaviour patterns. Occ insists that we not talk of creating things that have power until and unless we can show some need for such talk and we can show that such a creation is even possible.

Keywords: Moll; Ott; Occ; causal powers; God; creation; conditionals

Chapter.  5526 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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