Miracles with and without free will - free will without and with miracles

  • This paper argues for a particular concept of miracle and for a particular concept of free will, contrasting them with other such concepts. On the basis of the favored concepts, it argues (1) that, rationally, it is an open question whether there are miracles, and (2) that it is not unreasonable to suppose that there is free will. Finally, the paper explores the logical relationship between the favored concept of free will and the favored concept of miracle. It is seen that a hyperbolic concept of free will is needed if it is to be logically possible that the result of an actuation of free will is a miracle. However, also in keeping with the favored, non-hyperbolic concept of free will, some actual events, though far from miracles, may plausibly be regarded as results of divine free action. Additional material on central issues in the paper can be found in the Appendix.

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Author:Uwe MeixnerGND
Frontdoor URLhttps://opus.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de/opus4/65441
Publisher:Universität Augsburg
Place of publication:Augsburg
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2019/11/22
Tag:miracle; free will; law of nature; determinism; God
Institutes:Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Philosophie
Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Philosophie / Lehrstuhl für Philosophie mit Schwerpunkt Analytische Philosophie / Wissenschaftstheorie
Licence (German):Deutsches Urheberrecht mit Print on Demand