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Putting Molinism in its Place

John Martin Fischer

in Molinism

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590629
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.003.0014
Putting Molinism in its Place

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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 knowledge. In contrast, relatively little has been said about the dialectical role of Molinism. This essay focuses primarily on seeking to articulate the dialectical niche of Molinism—its natural habitat, as it were. Fischer argues that Molinism does not provide an answer to the argument for the incompatibility of God's omniscience and human freedom (in the sense of freedom to do otherwise). Thus, Molinism is not on a par with the approaches suggested by Aristotle, Boethius, and Aquinas, and Ockham. Rather, its role (an important one) is to provide an account of God's providence.

Keywords: Luis de Molina; Molinism; Aristotle; Ockham; God's omniscience; human freedom; incompatibilism; Nelson Pike; Robert Kane; Thomas Flint; Michael Bergmann

Chapter.  8493 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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