Authors
Leigh Vicens
Augustana University
Abstract
In this paper I consider the view, held by some Thomistic thinkers, that divine determinism is compatible with human freedom, even though natural determinism is not. After examining the purported differences between divine and natural determinism, I discuss the Consequence Argument, which has been put forward to establish the incompatibility of natural determinism and human freedom. The Consequence Argument, I note, hinges on the premise that an action ultimately determined by factors outside of the actor’s control is not free. Since, I argue, divine determinism also entails that human actions are ultimately determined by factors outside of the actors’ control, I suggest that a parallel argument to the Consequence Argument can be constructed for the incompatibility of divine determinism and human freedom. I conclude that those who reject natural compatibilism on the basis of the Consequence Argument should also reject divine compatibilism.
Keywords Divine determinism  Human freedom  Consequence argument
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s11153-011-9317-2
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,558
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Causal Determinism.Carl Hoefer - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Arguments for Incompatibilism.Kadri Vihvelin - 2003/2017 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Are We Free to Break the Laws of Providence?Kenneth L. Pearce - 2020 - Faith and Philosophy 37 (2):158-180.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Determined but Free.Coleen P. Zoller - 2004 - Philosophy and Theology 16 (1):25-44.
The Consequence Argument.Peter van Inwagen - 2008 - In Peter Van Inwagen & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Metaphysics: The Big Questions. Blackwell.
Freedom and Determinism.Jenann Ismael - forthcoming - Philosophical Explorations.
So-Far Incompatibilism and the so-Far Consequence Argument.Stephen Hetherington - 2006 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 73 (1):163-178.
Autonomy and Manipulated Freedom.Tomis Kapitan - 2000 - Philosopical Perspectives 14 (s14):81-104.
On the Impossibility of a Demonstration of Theological Determinism.Guy Mansini - 2004 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (4):573-580.
A Master Argument for Incompatibilism?Tomis Kapitan - 2002 - In Robert H. Kane (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Free Will. Oxford University Press. pp. 127--157.
The Incompatibility of Free Will and Naturalism.Jason Turner - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):565-587.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-08-03

Total views
135 ( #67,835 of 2,348,458 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #63,349 of 2,348,458 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes