Faith and Philosophy 37 (2):158-180 (2020)

Kenneth L. Pearce
Trinity College, Dublin
Can I be free to perform an action if God has decided to ensure that I do not choose that action? I show that Molinists and simple foreknowledge theorists are committed to answering in the affirmative. This is problematic for their status as theological incompatibilists. I suggest that strategies for preserving their theological incompatibilism in light of this result should be based on sourcehood. However, the path is not easy here either, since Leibniz has shown how theological determinists can offer an extremely robust form of sourcehood. Proponents of these views must identify a valuable form of sourcehood their theories allow that Leibniz’s theory doesn’t.
Keywords free will  sourcehood  Molinism  simple foreknowledge  divine providence  theological determinism
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DOI 10.37977/faithphil.2020.37.2.2
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