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The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge

 
 
 
 
The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge
Author: Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski
ISBN 13: 9780195107630
ISBN 10: 195107632
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1996-04-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $73.00
 
 

This original analysis examines the three leading traditional solutions to the dilemma of divine foreknowledge and human free will—those arising from Boethius, from Ockham, and from Molina. Though all three solutions are rejected in their best-known forms, three new solutions are proposed, and Zagzebski concludes that divine foreknowledge is compatible with human freedom. The discussion includes the relation between the foreknowledge dilemma and problems about the nature of time and the causal relation; the logic of counterfactual conditionals; and the differences between divine and human knowing states. An appendix introduces a new foreknowledge dilemma that purports to show that omniscient foreknowledge conflicts with deep intuitions about temporal asymmetry, quite apart from considerations of free will. Zagzebski shows that only a narrow range of solutions can handle this new dilemma. A compelling contribution to the field, The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge will appeal to students and scholars of theistic philosophy and the philosophy of religion.