Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (2):293-316 (2018)

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Dani Adams
University of Leeds
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It is common to appeal to governing laws of nature in order to explain the existence of natural regularities. Classical theism, however, maintains the sovereignty thesis: everything distinct from God is created by him and is under his guidance and control. It follows from this that God must somehow be responsible for natural laws and regularities. Therefore, theists need an account of the relation between regularities, laws, and God. I examine competing accounts of laws of nature and conclude that dispositional essentialism provides the most satisfactory explanation of the relation between, and
Keywords God  Laws of nature  Regularities  Dispositional essentialism
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12162
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