Swedenborg Scientific Association

Publishers of The New Philosophy Journal

Article Type: letter

A Critique of Materialism

I have now come to the conclusion that if the laws of creation only had the effect of imposing direction on the laws of conservation and of least action, they would not suffice to explain all the phenomena. I still argue that this effect exists. We must, however, in addition allow for creative causation, i.e. deeper levels of purposive causation, being able to bring about the transfer, conversion or transmutation of substance and of energy from one stratum of reality to another.

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