“This trim but highly technical volume is indisensable for scholars and graudate-level researchers in the field. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (Choice
, 1 October 2012)
"Despite these limitations, this book is worth reading. It will alert theologians to the philosophical strength of cosmological arguments and the superficial objections to them. It will also interest philosophers of religion and those working on modal logic." (The Journal of Religion, 2011)
"It will alert theologians to the philosophical strength of cosmological arguments and the superficial objections to them. It will also interest philosophers of religion and those working on modal logic." (Journal of Religion, 1 April 2011)
"O’Connor does not disappoint those who are used to the high levels of clarity, rigor, and originality that readers of his work on free will and emergence have come to expect from him.” (Mind, July 2009)
“A breathtaking sweep from metaphysics through theology. This is a superb book in the philosophy of religion, the like of whose quality and originality is rare.”
Alexander Pruss, Baylor University
From the Back Cover
Theism and Ultimate Explanation
engages with the traditional metaphysician's quest for a true ultimate explanation of the most general features of the world we inhabit.
The first part of the book develops an original view concerning the epistemology and metaphysics of modality, or truths concerning what is possible or necessary. This framework is then applied to a re-examination of the cosmological argument for theism. O'Connor defends a novel version of the Leibnizian cosmological argument from contingency for the existence of a transcendent necessary being as the source and basis for the ultimate explanation of contingent beings and their interconnected histories.