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The Truth about Foreknowledge

Patrick Todd

in Our Fate

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780199311293
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190454517 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199311293.003.0011
The Truth about Foreknowledge

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Todd and Fischer critically evaluate Trenton Merricks’s recent attempt to provide a “new” way of defending compatibilism about divine foreknowledge and human freedom to do otherwise. Their essay takes issue with his claim that his approach is fundamentally different from Ockhamism. Indeed, they argue that the resources required (either explicitly or implicitly) by Merricks are fundamentally the same as those involved in the Ockhamist distinction between hard and soft facts about times. Todd and Fischer argue that, whereas the notion of dependence is important in developing the tools required to address the argument for theological incompatibilism, Merricks’s account of the relevant kind of dependence, “Merricks-dependence,” is problematic. The extreme implausibility of rejecting the principle of the fixity of the past is also highlighted. This principle is the fundamental engine driving the argument for incompatibilism, and it cannot be lightly rejected.

Keywords: dependence; fixity of the past; Merricks-dependence; Ockhamism; Trenton Merricks

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Subjects: Metaphysics

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