This book explores the relationship between a scientifically updated Aristotelian philosophy of nature and a scientifically engaged theology of nature. It features original contributions by some of the best scholars engaging with Aristotelianism in contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophical theology.

Despite the growing interest in Aristotelian approaches to contemporary philosophy of science, few metaphysicians have engaged directly with the question of how a neo-Aristotelian metaphysics of nature might change the landscape for theological discussion concerning theology and naturalism, the place of human beings within nature, or the problem of divine causality. The chapters in this volume are collected into three thematic sections: Naturalism and Nature, Mind and Nature, and God and Nature. By pushing the current boundaries of neo-Aristotelian metaphysics to recover the traditional notion of substantial forms in physics, reframe the principle of proportionality in biology, and restore the hierarchy of being familiar to ancient philosophy, this book advances a metaphysically unified framework that accommodates both scientific and theological knowledge, enriching the interaction between science, philosophy and theology.

Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Theology of Nature will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in metaphysics, philosophy of science, natural theology, philosophical theology, and analytic theology.

Chapters 1, 2, and 7 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

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Reflections on Science, Theology, and the New Aristotelianism
ByWilliam M. R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, James Orr

part 1|130 pages

Naturalism and Nature

chapter 1|45 pages

From Quantum Physics to Classical Metaphysics

ByWilliam M. R. Simpson
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chapter 2|28 pages

Essential Thermochemical and Biological Powers

ByRobert C. Koons
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chapter 3|31 pages

Restoring the Hierarchy of Being

ByDavid S. Oderberg

chapter 4|24 pages

Evolution and the Principle of Proportionality

ByStephen Boulter

part 2|142 pages

Mind and Nature

chapter 5|18 pages

Free Will in a Network of Interacting Causes

ByTimothy O’Connor

chapter 6|23 pages

Animal Powers and Human Agency

ByJanice Tzuling Chik

chapter 7|28 pages

The Power to Perform Experiments

ByDaniel D. De Haan
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chapter 8|25 pages

Logical and Mathematical Powers

ByAntonio Ramos-Díaz

chapter 9|22 pages

Persons, Souls, and Life After Death

ByChristopher Hauser

chapter 10|24 pages

Angels, Principalities, and Powers

ByTravis Dumsday

part 3|141 pages

God and Nature

chapter 11|29 pages

Grounding and Participation in God

ByRoss D. Inman

chapter 12|21 pages

God and Hylomorphism

ByAnne Siebels Peterson

chapter 13|21 pages

Natural and Supernatural

ByEdward Feser

chapter 14|19 pages

God, Chance and Evolution

In Memory of Benjamin Arbour
ByAlexander R. Pruss

chapter 15|25 pages

Teleology, Providence, and Powers

BySimon Maria Kopf

chapter 16|24 pages

Divine Lawmaking

Powers and Kinds
ByJames Orr