Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

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Utgivelsesår 2015
Forlag Oxford University Press
Språk Engelsk
ISBN 9780199311309
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Om Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

Our Fate is a collection of John Martin Fischers previously published articles on the relationship between Gods foreknowledge and human freedom. The book contains a new introductory essay that places all of the chapters in the book into a cohesive framework. The introductory essay also provides some new views about the issues treated in the book, including a bold and original account of Gods foreknowledge of free actions in a causally indeterministic world. The focus of the book is a powerful traditional argument for the incompatibility of Gods foreknowledge and human freedom to do otherwise. Fischer presents this argument (in various forms) and defends it against some of the most salient criticisms, especially Ockhamism. The incompatibilists argument is driven by the fixity of the past, and, in particular, the fixity of Gods prior beliefs about our current behavior. The author gives special attention to Ockhamism, which contends that Gods prior beliefs are not over-and-done-with in the past, and are thus not subject to the intuitive idea of the fixity of the past. In the end, Fischer defends the argument for the incompatibility of Gods foreknowledge and human freedom to do otherwise, but he further argues that this incompatibility need not entail the incompatibility of Gods foreknowledge and human moral responsibility. Thus, through this collection of essays, Fischer develops a semicompatibilist view--the belief that Gods foreknowledge is entirely compatible with human moral responsibility, even if Gods foreknowledge rules out freedom to do otherwise.


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