Vol. 2 No. 1 (2020): Simon Fraser University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

The Problem of Continual Creation

Published 2020-10-21


Malebranche argued that God recreates the world in every instance, and that this is how the world is conserved in being. This thesis of continual creation is seen by Malebranche as the only explanation of being that preserves God as a necessary feature of reality, which was considered a mandatory and undeniable requirement to any ontological position during Malebranche’s time of writing. However, I argue that the thesis of continual creation suffers a problem which renders it metaphysically impossible, and so should be denied despite its appeal to this requirement.