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Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Ken Perszyk (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Molinism, named after the 16th century Spanish Jesuit Luis de Molina, re‐emerged in the 1970s after it was unwittingly assumed in versions of Alvin Plantinga's Free Will Defence against the Logical ... More


Replies to Hasker and Zimmerman

Trenton Merricks

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

William Hasker and Dean Zimmerman raise objections to Hasker's paper ‘Truth and Molinism’. This chapter responds to those objections.


Foreknowledge, Freedom, and Eternity: Part I The Problem and Historical Background

Katherin A. Rogers

in Anselm on Freedom

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199231676
eISBN:
9780191716089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231676.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, General

The most popular contemporary approach for reconciling libertarian freedom with divine foreknowledge is Molinism, but the view is fraught with problems and conflicts with classical theism. The other ... More


Introduction: Problems, Concepts, and Background Theories

Bruce Langtry

in God, the Best, and Evil

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199238798
eISBN:
9780191716485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238798.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter outlines the project, defending its moral propriety, and explaining some key concepts: omnipotence, creation, and counterfactual of creaturely freedom. It introduces three important ... More


God and Worlds than which there are None Better

Bruce Langtry

in God, the Best, and Evil

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199238798
eISBN:
9780191716485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238798.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The a priori investigation of God's providential policies depends on one's understanding of what options God has, and what options he has depends on the structure of the array of worlds. This chapter ... More


Introduction

Ken Perszyk

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Ken Perszyk documents the resurgence of Molinism in contemporary philosophy of religion. He explains the main motivation (historical and contemporary) for endorsing the Molinist notion of middle ... More


The Varieties of Accidental Necessity

Thomas P. Flint

in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind: New Essays on the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199766864
eISBN:
9780199932184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766864.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Philosophers have spoken much in recent years about accidental necessity, especially in connection with arguments for the incompatibility of divine foreknowledge and human freedom. Some have further ... More


Yet Another Anti‐Molinist Argument *

Dean Zimmerman

in Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199542680
eISBN:
9780191715396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542680.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

‘Molinism’, in contemporary usage, is the name for a theory about the workings of divine providence. Its defenders include some of the most prominent contemporary Protestant and Catholic ... More


Meticulous Providence and Gratuitous Evil

Neal Judisch

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 4

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199656417
eISBN:
9780191742163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656417.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

The argument from gratuitous evil may be the most significant challenge to theism. It states that some evils are simply pointless or purposeless, in the sense that they are neither needed for nor ... More


The (Non‐)Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals

William Hasker

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter reviews the main objections against the existence of the ‘counterfactuals of creaturely freedom’ featured by Molinism. The objections are (1) These (true) counterfactuals cannot exist ... More


Whence and Whither the Molinist Debate: A Reply to Hasker

Thomas P. Flint

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter provides a Molinist response to William Hasker's ‘The (Non‐) Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals’. Flint differs to some extent with Hasker's presentation of the major anti‐Molinist ... More


Truth and Molinism

Trenton Merricks

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Molinism implies that, for every possible agent S in every possible circumstance C, there are true propositions like that if S were in C, S would freely do A. Thus Molinism implies that there are ... More


Trenton Merricks on Some Anti‐Molinist Arguments

William Hasker

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Trenton Merricks has developed a critique of Hasker's 1989 argument against Molinism. He claims that the argument targets not only Molinism itself but other related positions as well; possibly ... More


Pro Haskeris Contradictione

Dean Zimmerman

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In “Truth and Molinism”, Trenton Merricks criticizes the argument against Molinism at the core of William Hasker's book, God, Time, and Knowledge. Merricks claims that, if Hasker's argument against ... More


Molinist Conditionals

Edwin Mares and Ken Perszyk

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter distinguishes semantic and metaphysical problems facing Molinism. In the past thirty years, there has been a fair amount of uncertainty and confusion in the literature over the ... More


Yet Another Failed Anti‐Molinist Argument

William Lane Craig

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Perhaps the most serious objection to a Molinist theory of providence is that it is too successful in showing how God could sovereignly control a world of free creatures. For it must be fact how S ... More


An Anti‐Molinist Replies

Dean Zimmerman

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

William Lane Craig has criticized nearly every important claim made in the course of ‘Yet Another Anti‐Molinist Argument’. Zimmerman replies to Craig's main criticisms of the three stages of that ... More


Molinism and Incarnation

Thomas P. Flint

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter provides a Molinist response to William Hasker's ‘The (Non-) Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals’. Flint differs to some extent with Hasker's presentation of the major anti‐Molinist ... More


Putting Molinism in its Place

John Martin Fischer

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

There has been much discussion in recent years of aspects of Molinism. In particular, philosophers have given considerable attention to issues surrounding the conditionals involved in middle ... More


Molinism and the Thin Red Line

Greg Restall

in Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199590629
eISBN:
9780191731280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Molinism is an attempt to do equal justice to divine foreknowledge and human freedom. For Molinists, human freedom fits in this universe, for the future is open or unsettled. However, God's middle ... More


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