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Table Of Contents

Part I The Explanatory Role of Necessity
Relative and Absolute Necessity
1 Modality and Explanation
Scientifically Established Necessities
Modal Nihilism
Modal Reductionism and Deflationism
Modal Anti-Realism and Quasi-Realism
Conclusion
Conceivability As Our Guide?
2 Modal Knowledge
Modality a Matter of Principle?
The Spheres of Possibility
Part II The Necessary Shape of Contingency
Necessary Being
Two Objections to the Traditional Answer
Necessary Being As the Explanatory Ground of Contingency?
4 The Identification Stage
Varieties of Chaos
Interlude: The Fine-Tuning Argument
From Necessary Being to God, II: Logos, Not Random Chaos
5 The Scope of Contingency
How Many Universes Would Perfection Realize?
Perfection and Freedom
Some Applications of the Many-Universe-Creation Hypothesis
Necessary Being and the Scope of Possibility
Necessary Being and the Many Necessary Truths
6 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Anselm?
The Unity of the Divine Nature and Its Consequences
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency

Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency

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An expansive, yet succinct, analysis of the Philosophy of Religion– from metaphysics through theology. Organized into twosections, the text first examines truths concerning what ispossible and what is necessary. These chapters lay the foundationfor the book’s second part – the search for ametaphysical framework that permits the possibility of an ultimateexplanation that is correct and complete.
A cutting-edge scholarly work which engages with thetraditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimateexplanation of the most general features of the world weinhabit Develops an original view concerning the epistemology andmetaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible ornecessary Applies this framework to a re-examination of the cosmologicalargument for theism Defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmologicalargument
An expansive, yet succinct, analysis of the Philosophy of Religion– from metaphysics through theology. Organized into twosections, the text first examines truths concerning what ispossible and what is necessary. These chapters lay the foundationfor the book’s second part – the search for ametaphysical framework that permits the possibility of an ultimateexplanation that is correct and complete.
A cutting-edge scholarly work which engages with thetraditional metaphysician’s quest for a true ultimateexplanation of the most general features of the world weinhabit Develops an original view concerning the epistemology andmetaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible ornecessary Applies this framework to a re-examination of the cosmologicalargument for theism Defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmologicalargument

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