Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge

Patrick Todd (Editor), John Martin Fischer (Editor)

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Abstract

We typically think we have free will. But how could we have free will, if for anything we do, it was already true in the distant past that we would do that thing? Or how could we have free will, if God already knows in advance all the details of our lives? Such issues raise the specter of "fatalism". This book collects sixteen previously published articles on fatalism, truths about the future, and the relationship between divine foreknowledge and human freedom, and includes a substantial new introductory essay and bibliography. Many of the pieces collected here build bridges between discussions of human freedom and recent developments in other areas of metaphysics, such as philosophy of time and the nature of metaphysical "dependence". Ideal for courses in free will, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion, Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge will encourage important new directions in thinking about free will, time, and truth.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages416
ISBN (Print)9780199942411
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2015

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    Todd, P. & Fischer, J. M., 2 Jun 2015, Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge. Fischer, J. M. & Todd, P. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 1-38

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