Molinism The Contemporary Debate

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Molinism, named after the sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit Luis de Molina, re-emerged in the 1970s after it was unwittingly assumed in versions of Alvin Plantinga's Free Will Defence against the Logical Argument from Evil. The Molinist notion of middle knowledge--and especially its main objects, so-called counterfactuals of (creaturely) freedom--have been the subject of vigorous debate in analytical philosophy of religion ever since. Is middle knowledge logically coherent? Is it a benefit or a liability overall for a satisfying account of divine providence? The essays in this collection examine the status, defensibility, and application of Molinism. Friends and foes of Molinism are well represented, and there are some lively exchanges between them. The collection provides a snap-shot of the current state of the Molinism Wars, along with some discussion of where we've been and where we might go in the future. More battles surely lie ahead; the essays and ideas in this collection are likely to have a major impact on future directions. The essays are specially written by a line-up of established and respected philosophers of religion, metaphysicians, and logicians. There is a substantive Introduction and an extensive Bibliography to assist both students and professionals.

Author Biography

Ken Perszyk is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His primary research interests are in philosophy of religion and metaphysics. He has published articles on a range of areas, including Molinism, the Argument from Evil, the metaphysics of modality, the history of early analytical philosophy and Wittgenstein. He is the author of Nonexistent Objects: Meinong and Contemporary Philosophy (1993).

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The (Non-)Existence of Molinist Counterfactualsp. 25
Whence and Whither the Molinist Debate: A Reply to Haskerp. 37
Truth and Molinismp. 50
Trenton Merricks on Some Anti-Molinist Argumentsp. 73
Pro Haskeris Contradictionep. 78
Replies to Hasker and Zimmermanp. 90
Molinist Conditionalsp. 96
Tilting at Molinismp. 118
A Précis of 'Yet Another Anti-Molinist Argument'p. 140
Yet Another Failed Anti-Molinist Argumentp. 144
An Anti-Molinist Repliesp. 163
Molinism and Incarnationp. 187
Putting Molinism in its Placep. 208
Molinism and the Thin Red Linep. 227
The Free Will Defensep. 239
Theological Determinism and Divine Providencep. 262
An Open Theist Theodicy of Natural Evilp. 281
Bibliography: Recent Work on Molinismp. 303
Indexp. 319
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