In: Organon F, vol. 26, no. 1
Ralf B. Bergmann
Rok, strany: 2019, 86 - 103
Causation; causal processes; probabilistic processes; laws of nature; equations of motion; divine action; miracles.
Typ článku: Research Article
Typ dokumentu: Research Article
The present paper discusses processes in our world embedded in a dense net of causes and effects. The role of laws of nature is dis-cussed using classical mechanics as an example to demonstrate that the behavior of objects is not determined by laws of nature on their own. Natural processes rather depend on the environment that im-plies forces and conditions under which these processes occur. These conditions are usually described in mathematical terms using suita-ble initial or boundary conditions or further constrains. This analy-sis may seem trivial but has an important consequence. Divine in-tervention appears not to violate natural laws, rather, new causes are introduced that lead to results that otherwise would not have oc-curred. A further consequence arises from the complexity of causal nets and the presence of probabilistic processes in our world as one may not be able to determine the causes that led to a certain effect.
Bergmann, R. 2019. Does Divine Intervention Violate Laws of Nature?. In Organon F, vol. 26, no.1, pp. 86-103. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26106
Bergmann, R. (2019). Does Divine Intervention Violate Laws of Nature?. Organon F, 26(1), 86-103. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26106
Vydavateľ: Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Publikované: 22. 1. 2019
Ralf B. Bergmann