We typically think we have free will. But how could we have free will, if for anything we do, it was already true in the distant past that we would do that thing? Or how could we have free will, if God already knows in advance all the details of our lives? Such issues raise the specter of "fatalism". This book collects sixteen previously published articles on fatalism, truths about the future, and the relationship between divine foreknowledge and human freedom, and includes a substantial introductory essay and bibliography. Many of the pieces collected here build bridges between discussions of human freedom and recent developments in other areas of metaphysics, such as philosophy of time. Ideal for courses in free will, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion, Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge will encourage important new directions in thinking about free will, time, and truth.
Oxford University Press; May 2015
- ISBN 9780199942404
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- Title: Freedom, Fatalism, and Foreknowledge
- Author: John Martin Fischer (ed.); Patrick Todd (ed.)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
About The Author
John 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.Patrick Todd is a new faculty member (as Chancellor's Fellow) at the University of Edinburgh, where he began in October 2013. Previously he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Innsbruck and the Munich School of Philosophy. Before that, he completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, in December 2011.