David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 39 (1):93-102 (2003)
The Molinist doctrine that God has middle knowledge requires that God knows the truth-values of counterfactuals of freedom, propositions about what free agents would do in hypothetical circumstances. A well-known objection to middle knowledge, the grounding objection, contends that counterfactuals of freedom have no truth-value because there is no fact to the matter as to what an agent with libertarian freedom would do in counterfactual circumstances. Molinists, however, have offered responses to the grounding objection that they believe are adequate for maintaining the coherence of middle knowledge. I argue that these responses to the grounding objection are not adequate, and that what I call the ‘generic grounding objection’ still poses a serious challenge to middle knowledge.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Ken Perszyk (2013). Recent Work on Molinism. Philosophy Compass 8 (8):755-770.
Similar books and articles
Jill Graper Hernandez (2005). Divine Omniscience and Human Evil: Interpreting Leibniz Without Middle Knowledge. Philosophy and Theology 17 (1/2):107-120.
Dean A. Kowalski (2003). Some Friendly Molinist Amendments. Philosophy and Theology 15 (2):385-401.
Neil Campbell (2012). Reply to Nagasawa on the Inconsistency Objection to the Knowledge Argument. Erkenntnis 76 (1):137-145.
Yujin Nagasawa (2010). The Knowledge Argument and Epiphenomenalism. Erkenntnis 72 (1):37 - 56.
Joseph Shieber (2009). Personal Responsibility and Middle Knowledge: A Challenge for the Molinist. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (2):61 - 70.
David Basinger (1987). Middle Knowledge and Human Freedom. Faith and Philosophy 4 (3):330-336.
Scott A. Davison (2004). Craig on the Grounding Objection to Middle Knowledge. Faith and Philosophy 21 (3):365-369.
Theodore Guleserian (2008). Ontological Determination and the Grounding Objection to Counterfactuals of Freedom. Faith and Philosophy 25 (4):394-415.
William Lane Craig (2001). Middle Knowledge, Truth-Makers, and the "Grounding Objection". Faith and Philosophy 18 (3):337-352.
W. Matthews Grant (2000). Counterfactuals of Freedom, Future Contingents, and the Grounding Objection to Middle Knowledge. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 74:307-323.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads66 ( #22,669 of 1,102,717 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #20,932 of 1,102,717 )
How can I increase my downloads?