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- DescriptionOur Fate is a collection of John Martin Fischer's previously published articles on the relationship between God's forekwledge and human freedom. The book contains a new introductory essay that places all of the chapters in the book into a cohesive framework. The introductory essay also provides some new views about the issues treated in the book, including a bold and original account of God's forekwledge of free actions in a causally indeterministic world. The focus of the book is a powerful traditional argument for the incompatibility of God's forekwledge and human freedom to do otherwise. Fischer presents this argument (in various forms) and defends it against some of the most salient criticisms, especially Ockhamism. The incompatibilist's argument is driven by the fixity of the past, and, in particular, the fixity of God's prior beliefs about our current behavior. The author gives special attention to Ockhamism, which contends that God's prior beliefs are t over-and-done-with in the past, and are thus t subject to the intuitive idea of the fixity of the past. In the end, Fischer defends the argument for the incompatibility of God's forekwledge and human freedom to do otherwise, but he further argues that this incompatibility need t entail the incompatibility of God's forekwledge and human moral responsibility. Thus, through this collection of essays, Fischer develops a semicompatibilist view - the belief that God's forekwledge is entirely compatible with human moral responsibility, even if God's forekwledge rules out freedom to do otherwise.
- Author BiographyJohn Martin Fischer is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he has held a University of California President's Chair (2006-10). He was President of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division (2013-4). He is Project Leader of The Immortality Project (2011-14), sponsored by The John Templeton Foundation.
- Author(s)John Martin Fischer
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication28/01/2016
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Weight468 g
- Width166 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine22 mm
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