Back to Eternalism: A Response to Leftow’s “Anselmian Presentism”

Faith and Philosophy 26 (3):320-338 (2009)
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Against my interpretation, Brian Leftow argues that Anselm of Canterbury held a presentist theory of time, and that presentism can be reconciled with Anselm’s commitments concerning divine omnipotence and omniscience. I respond, focusing mainly on two issues. First, it is difficult to understand the presentist theory which Leftow attributes to Anselm. I articulate my puzzlement in a way that I hope moves the discussion forward. Second, Leftow’s examples to demonstrate that presentism can be reconciled with Anselm’s understanding of the divine nature assume a mode of divine knowing which is different from what Anselm proposes. I stand by my interpretation

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Anselmian Presentism.Brian Leftow - 2009 - Faith and Philosophy 26 (3):297-319.

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