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Playing God

Institute of Philosophy, University of Augsburg, Universitätsstr. 10, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
Religions 2019, 10(3), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030209
Received: 9 February 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue God out of Mind: Thought Experiments, Science, and Religion)
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Abstract

Metaphysical modelling is a method in (epistemologically enlightened) metaphysics. It uses models for the philosophical analysis of metaphysico-epistemological situations. In this paper, the method is applied to a set of metaphysical questions that concern the relationship between God and the world, and the relationship between human beings and the world. The questions revolve around a center: What is it that ultimately determines reality? This complex metaphysical subject is treated in a simplified and downsized manner: on the scale of board games. As will be seen, the unusual perspective provided by the model leads to new insights and has a salutary corrective effect in the metaphysico-epistemological respect. The paper also provides an analysis and defense of analogical thinking in metaphysics (of which way of thinking metaphysical modelling is a special form). View Full-Text
Keywords: metaphysical modelling; analogy and analogs (models); board games, as types or tokens, as abstract or concrete, as actual or merely possible; laws and rules; nomological determination; chance and choice; free will; immanence and transcendence; limits of reason; Kant; epistemologically rational possibility; players and makers; creation; miracles; metaphysical naturalism; God metaphysical modelling; analogy and analogs (models); board games, as types or tokens, as abstract or concrete, as actual or merely possible; laws and rules; nomological determination; chance and choice; free will; immanence and transcendence; limits of reason; Kant; epistemologically rational possibility; players and makers; creation; miracles; metaphysical naturalism; God
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