Tag Archives: Free Will

The PSR and Libertarian-Freedom; Contrastive Questions and Causal Stories

 This is how philosophers should greet each other: “Take your time!” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein I want to recapitulate some of the arguments I recently presented in a discussion I had with a number of people at once on Skype (all of whom … Continue reading

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Free Will and Secular Orthodoxy

Robert P. George interestingly observes the following about free will (recently brought to my attention), which a secular humanist might be expected to dogmatically reject. “Christian philosophers such as Germain Grisez, Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., and Olaf Tollefsen have rigorously … Continue reading

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Free Will in Catholic Theologies

I want to explore briefly the following question: whether libertarian free will per se is implicitly or explicitly bound inexorably up with the Catholic faith. Recall that by ‘libertarian free will’ I mean that some choice is free in the … Continue reading

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Determinism, Fatalism & Predestination: making distinctions

Predestination, Fatalism, and Determinism are often confused for each other, and so I thought I’d briefly outline some differences and make the distinctions clearer. To begin with, we can turn to Fatalism. Fatalism is the philosophical idea that regardless of … Continue reading

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How some form of extreme modal realism might (not) ground molinist-type counterfactuals

Perhaps the idea of Molinist type counterfactuals could be aided by the ‘extreme modal realism’ theodicy which I have previously rhetorically appealed to. I am not attracted to extreme modal realism or anything like it, but let us suppose for … Continue reading

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Arguments for the Soul

What arguments are there to think that we have a soul? There are some sophisticated arguments, but there are also very basic arguments. I intend to present some of the most basic arguments for the existence of the soul, and … Continue reading

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Extreme Modal Realism, the worst of all possible worlds, and theodicy

More thoughts on the concept of God choosing to create the worst of all possible worlds. Let us suppose that my argument here (at the end) is valid, then it seems like David Lewis’ extreme modal realism could act as … Continue reading

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Free Will in Heaven and Contingency

I have just questioned my line of reasoning from earlier today when I said that it was clearly not logically possible for God to choose to create the worst of all possible worlds, as there is a theological problem with … Continue reading

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