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Modeling divine deliberation.

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dc.contributor.advisor Kvanvig, Jonathan L.
dc.contributor.author Tong, Jing, 1985-
dc.date.copyright 2011-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/8245
dc.description.abstract Under the assumption that God deliberates when he decides which world he will create, I set out to build a model for God’s deliberation. The first chapter will lay the ground and outline each chapter. From Chapter Two through Six, I will explore various models. These models differ from each other mainly because they represent the relations between God’s creative acts and the actualization of the worlds in different manners. Based on these chapters, I will conclude that the only models that are simple, consistent, and adequate at once are ones that rely on the causal connection between God’s creative acts and the worlds. Yet these causal models may well be implausible, if we hold onto the conventional notion that creatures have causal power. Our only option left, then, seems to be retreating into modal realism and abolishing the need for God’s deliberation. Before the concluding chapter, however, I will spend one chapter arguing that there is no best possible world and the world chosen by God does not have to be better than all other worlds. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Creation. en_US
dc.subject World actualization. en_US
dc.subject Possible worlds. en_US
dc.subject Divine deliberation. en_US
dc.title Modeling divine deliberation. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Philosophy. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Philosophy. en_US


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