The Varieties of Accidental Necessity

Thomas P. Flint

in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766864
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932184 | DOI:
The Varieties of Accidental Necessity

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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 suggested that acceptance of the Molinist stance on middle knowledge commits one to denying that accidental necessity is closed under entailment. This essay tries to show that not all of these discussions have shed maximal light on the fundamental issues, and that much of the confusion stems from a failure to acknowledge that there are a variety of distinct notions to which “accidental necessity“ can plausibly be seen as referring

Keywords: Molinism; middle knowledge; accidental necessity; foreknowledge; Freddoso; Plantinga

Chapter.  9184 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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