What Is The Divine Will, What Does It Mean?June 27, 2021
The whole universe works according to God’s will.
This process has been given an orderly and legalized form by God. God can change anything at any time. This is the result of His being an active being. But because God acts according to a principle he has set, the effects are also lawful. The subject of natural science is the study of these laws, but since it cannot reach the cause of these laws, it should be descriptive rather than explaining.
Malebranche’s views were highly valued in his discussions with his contemporaries, but he left the most important influence on Berkeley and Hume, who came after him. Berkeley got to know and discussed Malebranche during his trips to France, while Hume read his works. Thoughts that a physical external world cannot be known even if it exists, that compulsory relations between causes and effects are not observed, that what is observed is a constant correlation, and that the concept of “I” is not clear and distinct also have an important place in Hume’s approach. The reasonings of Malebranche, who has based his philosophy on reasoning, are also a source of inspiration for today’s thinkers.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook