Contingency in the Late Metaphysics of Jonathan Edwards

Journal for the History of Reformed Pietism

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Title Contingency in the Late Metaphysics of Jonathan Edwards
Creator Schultz, Walter J.
Subject History, Religion, Philosophy,
History, Religion, Philosophy,
Description Jonathan Edwards is often portrayed as being a thoroughgoing determinist, leaving no room for contingency of any kind.  This judgment arises most often—and justifiably so—from what he asserts in his Freedom of the Will (1754).  A contrary judgment emerges, however, when his dissertation Concerning the End for which God Created the World (1755) is closely considered by itself. This paper describes and then shows how it entails that the physical universe and its constituent physical systems are contingent in three senses: freedom to choose, existential, and synchronic.   
Publisher Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University
Date 2021-11-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Online Journal; Vol 11, No 2 (2021); 117-146
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Online Journal

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