by Mike Robinson
Timothy O’Connor (Professor: Philosophy, Indiana University) delivers a fascinating and innovative new volume: “Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency.” Professor O’Conner presents the reader with a fine overview of philosophy, metaphysics, with an aim toward philosophical theology. Herein O’Conner provides a fine leap into various unexplored regions (not fully metaphysically surveyed) within philosophical religion; the examination and application thereof. The author partitions this volume into two chief divisions as he explores the truth and relationship relating to that which is possible and/or necessary. He then proceeds to posit a coherent metaphysical structure that seeks to advance an “ultimate explanation.”
This volume may be a bit pricey, nonetheless the reader receives much more than what he paid in dollars; a unique, provocative, and I affirm, compelling work which discloses captivating conjectures concerning an ultimate explanation of the cosmos and human experience.
Alexander Pruss opines: “This is a superb book in the philosophy of religion, the like of whose quality and originality is rare.”
- The Explanatory Role of Necessity:
- Modality and Explanation
- An Epistemological Worry About Modality: Causal Contact With Modal Facts
- Modal Nihilism
- Modal Reductionism and Deflationism
- Modal Anti-Realism and Quasi-Realism
The Necessary Shape of Contingency:
- Ultimate Explanation and Necessary Being: The Existence Stage of the Cosmological Argument
- Necessary Being as the Explanatory Ground of Contingency?
- From Necessary Being to God, I: Transcendent, Not Immanent
- From Necessary Being to God, II: Logos, not Random Chaos
- Necessary Being and the Scope of Possibility
- Necessary Being and the Many Necessary Truths
- The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Anselm?
- Natural Theology in the Understanding of Revealed Theology
and much more.
This volume has some technical language, but with concentration most college grads should gain comprehension of this essential topic.
Also see my book that contends for theism utilizing the necessity of Reason and Knowledge: