David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:149-160 (2012)
Is it possible to take the enterprise of physics seriously while also holding the belief that the world contains an order beyond the reach of that physics? Is it possible to simultaneously believe in objective laws of nature and in miracles? Is it possible to search for the truths of physics while also acknowledging the limitations of that search as it is carried out by limited human knowers? As a philosopher, as a Christian, and as a participant in the physics of his day, Leibniz had an interesting view that bears on all of these questions. This paper examines the status of laws of nature in Leibniz's philosophy and how the status of these laws fits into his larger philosophical picture of the limits of human knowledge and the wise and omniscient God who created the actual world.
|Keywords||Leibniz Laws of nature Miracles|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Donald Rutherford (1993). Natures, Laws, and Miracles: The Roots of Leibniz's Critique of Occasionalism. In Steven Nadler (ed.), Causation in Early Modern Philosophy. Penn State University Press
Robert A. Larmer (1985). Miracles and the Laws of Nature. Dialogue 24 (2):227 - 235.
Jeffrey K. McDonough (2010). Leibniz's Optics and Contingency in Nature. Perspectives on Science 18 (4):432-455.
James E. Gilman (1989). Reconceiving Miracles. Religious Studies 25 (4):477 - 487.
Jeffrey K. McDonough, Leibniz's Philosophy of Physics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Stephen Mumford (2001). Miracles: Metaphysics and Modality. Religious Studies 37 (2):191-202.
James D. Madden (2003). Leibniz on Teleology and the Intelligibility of Nature. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 77:173-188.
Robert A. Larmer (2008). Miracles, Physicalism, and the Laws of Nature. Religious Studies 44 (2):149-159.
Peter Harrison (1995). Newtonian Science, Miracles, and the Laws of Nature. Journal of the History of Ideas 56 (4):531 - 553.
Gregory Brown (1995). Miracles in the Best of All Possible Worlds: Leibniz's Dilemma and Leibniz's Razor. History of Philosophy Quarterly 12 (1):19-39.
Neil Whyte MacGill (1992). Miracles and Conservation Laws. Sophia 31 (1-2):79-87.
Jeffrey K. McDonough (2009). Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (3):505 - 544.
Paul Fitzgerald (1985). Miracles. Philosophical Forum 17 (1):48 - 64.
Added to index2012-10-23
Total downloads172 ( #22,091 of 1,934,854 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #434,780 of 1,934,854 )
How can I increase my downloads?