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Divine premotion

Oderberg, D. S. ORCID: (2016) Divine premotion. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 794 (3). pp. 207-222. ISSN 1572-8684

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According to divine premotionism, God does not merely create and sustain the universe. He also moves all secondary causes to action as instruments without undermining their intrinsic causal efficacy. I explain and uphold the premotionist theory, which is the theory of St Thomas Aquinas and his most prominent exponents. I defend the premotionist interpretation of Aquinas in some textual detail, with particular reference to Suarez and to a recent paper by Louis Mancha. Critics, including Molinists and Suarezians, raise various objections to the view that premotion is compatible with genuine secondary causation. I rebut a number of these objections, in the course of which I respond to the central challenge that premotionism destroys free will. I also offer a number of positive reasons for embracing the premotionist theory.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
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