Contra Snapshot Ockhamism

David Widerker
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Recently, John Fischer has proposed a novel account of the hard/soft distinction which is an entailment account. At its basis is the idea that a fact about a time T as a soft fact about T if it entails a fact about a time later than T; and a fact about a time T as a hard fact about T if it does not do so. Elsewhere, I have expressed serious doubts whether an entailment account of the hard/soft fact distinction can succeed. Thus, it is surprising that Fischer's new account, too, turns out to be inadequate, or so at least I shall argue.
Keywords Divine Foreknowledge, Human Freedom, Ockhamism  Soft-Hard Fact Distinction, Fischer, J.M.
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