The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byLinda Trinkaus Zagzebski

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This original analysis examines the three leading traditional solutions to the dilemma of divine foreknowledge and human free will--those arising from Boethius, from Ockham, and from Molina. Though all three solutions are rejected in their best-known forms, three new solutions are proposed,and Zagzebski concludes that divine foreknowledge is compatible with human freedom. The discussion includes the relation between the foreknowledge dilemma and problems about the nature of time and the causal relation; the logic of counterfactual conditionals; and the differences between divine andhuman knowing states. An appendix introduces a new foreknowledge dilemma that purports to show that omniscient foreknowledge conflicts with deep intuitions about temporal asymmetry, quite apart from considerations of free will. Zagzebski shows that only a narrow range of solutions can handle thisnew dilemma. A compelling contribution to the field, The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge will appeal to students and scholars of theistic philosophy and the philosophy of religion.

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This original analysis examines the three leading traditional solutions to the dilemma of divine foreknowledge and human free will--those arising from Boethius, from Ockham, and from Molina. Though all three solutions are rejected in their best-known forms, three new solutions are proposed,and Zagzebski concludes that divine foreknowl...

Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski is at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"As will be apparent, the sensitive eliciting and application of various intuitions plays an important role in Zagzebski's book. I believe this is a real strength of the work....This is a remarkably inventive book, and in addition a genuine pleasure to read. It should be enjoyed by allphilosophers who are even mildly interested in the dilemma of freedom and foreknowledge.:Philosophy of Religion