Molinism: The Contemporary Debate

Hardcover | December 9, 2012

EditorKen Perszyk

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Molinism, named after the sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit Luis de Molina, re-emerged in the 1970s after it was unwittingly assumed in versions of Alvin Plantinga's Free Will Defence against the Logical Argument from Evil. The Molinist notion of middle knowledge - and especially its mainobjects, so-called counterfactuals of (creaturely) freedom- - have been the subject of vigorous debate in analytical philosophy of religion ever since. Is middle knowledge logically coherent? Is it a benefit or a liability overall for a satisfying account of divine providence? The essays in this collection examine the status, defensibility, and application of Molinism. Friends and foes of Molinism are well represented, and there are some lively exchanges between them. The collection provides a snap-shot of the current state of the Molinism Wars, along with some discussionof where we've been and where we might go in the future. More battles surely lie ahead; the essays and ideas in this collection are likely to have a major impact on future directions. The essays are specially written by a line-up of established and respected philosophers of religion, metaphysicians,and logicians. There is a substantive Introduction and an extensive Bibliography to assist both students and professionals.

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Molinism, named after the sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit Luis de Molina, re-emerged in the 1970s after it was unwittingly assumed in versions of Alvin Plantinga's Free Will Defence against the Logical Argument from Evil. The Molinist notion of middle knowledge - and especially its mainobjects, so-called counterfactuals of (creaturely...

Ken Perszyk is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His primary research interests are in philosophy of religion and metaphysics. He has published articles on a range of areas, including Molinism, ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ken Perszyk: Introduction1. William Hasker: The (Non-)Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals2. Thomas P. Flint: Whence and Whither the Molinist Debate: A Reply to Hasker3. Trenton Merricks: Truth and Molinism4. William Hasker: Trenton Merricks on Some Anti-Molinist Arguments5. Dean Zimmerman: Pro Haskeris Contradictione6. Trenton Merricks: Replies to Hasker and Zimmerman7. Edwin Mares and Ken Perszyk: Molinist Conditionals8. Edward Wierenga: Tilting at Molinism9. Dean Zimmerman: A Precis of 'Yet Another Anti-Molinist Argument'10. William Lane Craig: Yet Another Failed Anti-Molinist Argument11. Dean Zimmerman: An Anti-Molinist Replies12. Thomas P. Flint: Molinism and Incarnation13. John Martin Fischer: Putting Molinism In Its Place14. Greg Restall: Molinism and the Thin Red Line15. Hugh J. McCann: The Free Will Defense16. Derk Pereboom: Theological Determinism and Divine Providence17. William Hasker: An Open Theist Theodicy of Natural EvilKen Perszyk: Bibliography: Recent Work on Molinism