Presentism and Ockham's Way Out

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 1:1-17 (2008)
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Abstract

We lay out the fatalist’s argument, making sure to clarify which dialectical moves are available to the libertarian. We then offer a more robust presentation of Ockhamism, responding to obvious objections and teasing out the implications of the view. At this point, we discuss presentism and eternalism in more detail. We then present our argument for the claim that the libertarian cannot take Ockham’s way out of the fatalism argument unless she rejects presentism. Finally, we consider and dispense with objections to our argument. In the end, it ought to be clear that the libertarian must make a choice between Ockham’s way out and presentism.

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Michael Rea
University of Notre Dame
Alicia Finch
Northern Illinois University

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