Creation, Deliberation, and Molinism

Jonathan L Kvanvig

in Destiny and Deliberation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696574
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732270 | DOI:
Creation, Deliberation, and Molinism

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In philosophical theology, Molinism is ‘the beautiful game’. It allows one to hold a libertarian account of human freedom while at the same time preserving a strong view of divine providence. This aspect of Molinism provides the fundamental motivation for Molinist doctrine. In usual presentations, the core explanatory mechanism designed to satisfy this motivation is the idea of counterfactuals of freedom that are outside God's control, but it has been argued that this approach is mistaken. Abandoning this standard form of Molinism raises the issue of what explanatory mechanism, if any, can satisfy the fundamental Molinist motivation. The answer to this question will require an explication of the deliberational model of creation and an investigation of conditionals of deliberation that are suitable for use in such a deliberational model. The difficulties faced by the standard Molinist approach provide the needed justification for this more fundamental investigation in search of an adequate Molinist explanatory mechanism. This chapter argues that no extant version of Molinism, neither standard nor Maverick, can offer an adequate account of creation and providence. Thus, that a different approach is needed if the hope Molinism provides is to be sustained.

Keywords: philosophical theology; Molinist doctrine; deliberatonal model; creation; delibration

Chapter.  19193 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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