The Truth about Foreknowledge

Faith and Philosophy 30 (3):286-301 (2013)
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In this paper we critically evaluate Trenton Merricks’s recent attempt to provide a “new” way of defending compatibilism about divine foreknowledge and human freedom. We take issue with Merricks’s claim that his approach is fundamentally different from Ockhamism. We also seek to highlight the implausibility of Merricks’s rejection of the assumption of the fixity of the past, and we also develop a critique of the Merricks’s crucial notion of “dependence.”



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John Fischer
University of California, Riverside
Patrick Todd
University of Edinburgh

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Truth and freedom.Trenton Merricks - 2009 - Philosophical Review 118 (1):29-57.
Foreknowledge and Freedom.Trenton Merricks - 2011 - Philosophical Review 120 (4):567-586.

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