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Scotus on the Possibility of a Better World (2009)


Scotus gave an original answer to the standard question whether God can make the world better than He did. Whereas Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas had held that God can create other worlds, better than the actual one, but that the order of the actual world is the most fitting one, Scotus's strategy is based on the claim that it makes no sense to compare alternative possible states of affairs as better or worse before God's choice. He held that the order of the actual world is good not because it is the best among other alternative orders but because it is the order that God has made the object of His volition. Accordingly, any complaint about God's failing to make things better than He did is not so much groundless as meaningless.

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Authors & Contributors
Fidora, Alexander
Lutz-Bachmann, Matthias
Boulnois, Olivier
Adams, Marilyn McCord
Tabarroni, Andrea
Bukowski, Thomas P.
Acta Philosophica
Philosophical Topics
Dianoia: Annali di storia della filosofia
Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review
Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch fur Antike und Mittelalter
Revue des sciences philosophiques et théologiques
Les Belles Lettres
Peeters Publishers
University of Notre Dame
Duns Scotus, Johannes
Thomas Aquinas, Saint
Ockham, William of
Grosseteste, Robert
Bacon, Roger
14th century
13th century

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