Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will

Hardcover | January 18, 2016

byJohn Martin Fischer

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Our Fate is a collection of John Martin Fischer's previously published articles on the relationship between God's foreknowledge and human freedom. The book contains a new introductory essay that places all of the chapters in the book into a cohesive framework. The introductory essay alsoprovides some new views about the issues treated in the book, including a bold and original account of God's foreknowledge of free actions in a causally indeterministic world. The focus of the book is a powerful traditional argument for the incompatibility of God's foreknowledge and human freedom todo otherwise. Fischer presents this argument (in various forms) and defends it against some of the most salient criticisms, especially Ockhamism.The incompatibilist's argument is driven by the fixity of the past, and, in particular, the fixity of God's prior beliefs about our current behavior. The author gives special attention to Ockhamism, which contends that God's prior beliefs are not "over-and-done-with" in the past, and are thus notsubject to the intuitive idea of the fixity of the past. In the end, Fischer defends the argument for the incompatibility of God's foreknowledge and human freedom to do otherwise, but he further argues that this incompatibility need not entail the incompatibility of God's foreknowledge and humanmoral responsibility. Thus, through this collection of essays, Fischer develops a "semicompatibilist" view - the belief that God's foreknowledge is entirely compatible with human moral responsibility, even if God's foreknowledge rules out freedom to do otherwise.

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Our Fate is a collection of John Martin Fischer's previously published articles on the relationship between God's foreknowledge and human freedom. The book contains a new introductory essay that places all of the chapters in the book into a cohesive framework. The introductory essay alsoprovides some new views about the issues treated ...

John Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he has held a University of California President's Chair (2006-10). He was President of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (2013-4). He is Project Leader of The Immortality Project (2011-14), sponsored b...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:January 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Introduction: God, Freedom, and Moral Responsibility2. Scotism3. Freedom and Actuality4. Putting Molinism in its Place5. Power Over the Past6. Freedom, Foreknowledge, and the Fixity of the Past7. Ockhamism: The Facts8. Snapshot Ockhamism9. Engaging with Pike: God, Freedom, and Time with Patrick Todd and Neal A. Tognazzini10. The Truth about Freedom A Reply to Merricks with Patrick Todd11. The Truth about Foreknowledge with Patrick Todd12. Omniscience, Freedom, and Dependence with Neal A. Tognazzini