Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.
Author: John Martin Fischer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moralresponsibility, and determinism, this text represents the mostup-to-date account of the four major positions in the free willdebate. Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposingviewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism,and revisionism The first half of the book contains each philosopher’sexplanation of his particular view; the second half allows them todirectly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively andengaging conversation Offers the reader a one of a kind, interactive discussion Forms part of the acclaimed Great Debates in Philosophyseries
The first half of the book contains each philosopher's explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other's arguments.
Author: John Martin Fischer
Four philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism. The first half of the book contains each philosopher's explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other's arguments.
If God is in control, are people really free? This question has bothered Christians for centuries. And answers have covered a wide spectrum. Today Christians still disagree.
Author: David Basinger
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
If God is in control, are people really free? This question has bothered Christians for centuries. And answers have covered a wide spectrum. Today Christians still disagree. Those who emphasize human freedom view it as a reflection of God's self-limited power. Others look at human freedom in the order of God's overall control. David and Randall Basinger have put this age-old question to four scholars trained in theology and philosophy. John Feinberg of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Norman Geisler of Dallas Theological Seminary focus on God's specific sovereignty. Bruce Reichenbach of Augsburg College and Clark Pinnock of McMaster Divinity College insist that God must limit his control to ensure our freedom. Each writer argues for his perspective and applies his theory to two practical case studies. Then the other writers respond to each of the major essays, exposing what they see as fallacies and hidden assumptions. A lively and provocative volume.
Instead, they are functions of both agents and their normatively structured contexts. This is the idea of circumstantialism about the powers required for responsibility.
Author: Manuel Vargas
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Building Better Beings presents a new theory of moral responsibility. Beginning with a discussion of ordinary convictions about responsibility and free will and their implications for a philosophical theory, Manuel Vargas argues that no theory can do justice to all the things we want from a theory of free will and moral responsibility. He goes on to show how we can nevertheless justify our responsibility practices and provide a normatively and naturalistically adequate account of of responsible agency, blame, and desert. Three ideas are central to Vargas' account: the agency cultivation model, circumstantialism about powers, and revisionism about responsibility and free will. On Vargas' account, responsibility norms and practices are justified by their effects. In particular, the agency cultivation model holds that responsibility practices help mold us into creatures that respond to moral considerations. Moreover, the abilities that matter for responsibility and free will are not metaphysically prior features of agents in isolation from social contexts. Instead, they are functions of both agents and their normatively structured contexts. This is the idea of circumstantialism about the powers required for responsibility. Third, Vargas argues that an adequate theory of responsibility will be revisionist, or at odds with important strands of ordinary convictions about free will and moral responsibility. Building Better Beings provides a compelling and state-of-the-art defense of moral responsibility in the face of growing philosophical and scientific skepticism about free will and moral responsibility.
13 See my “Alternative Possibilities and Causal Histories,” Philosophical
Perspectives 14 (2000): 119-37; Living Without Free Will, pp.18-19; and “Source
Incompatibilism and Alternative Possibilities,” in Michael McKenna and David
Author: Nick Trakakis
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
The problem of free will has fascinated philosophers since ancient times: Do we have free will, or at least the kind of free will that seems necessary for moral responsibility? Does determinism – the idea that everything that happens is necessitated to happen, given the past and the laws of nature – threaten the commonly held assumption that we are indeed free and morally responsible? Although these questions have been widely discussed in the past, the present volume offers a variety of new perspectives from philosophers who have made significant contributions to this debate over recent years, including Derk Pereboom, Robert Kane, Ishtiyaque Haji, Michael McKenna, John Martin Fischer, David Widerker and Saul Smilansky. The emphasis in these essays is not merely on free will, but on allied notions such as moral responsibility, moral obligation, fairness and meaningfulness, and on whether any room can be made for these notions in a deterministic or an indeterministic universe.
Free Will brings together the essential readings on the debate of free will and determinism. Written by top scholars in the field, the essays represent some of the clearest and most accessible thinking on this subject.
Author: Robert Kane
Free Will brings together the essential readings on the debate of free will and determinism. Written by top scholars in the field, the essays represent some of the clearest and most accessible thinking on this subject. The introduction offers a concise yet thorough mapping of this age-old debate as well as a helpful overview of the selections.
The book is a fantastic introduction to the free will problem for novices and offers a uniquely Christian understanding of this free will issue.
Author: David Lahm
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
For centuries, Christians have pondered the following questions: ¥ Are we free? ¥ What is freedom? ¥ What impact would it have if we weren't free? ¥ Is it possible that we are determined, and yet free in a sense too? ¥ Is there any way we can know which is correct? ¥ How does all this fit in to our Christian faith? ¥ What's the basic philosophical difference between Arminianism and Calvinism? Coffeehouse Compatibilism is a fictional philosophical dialogue between three academics and a student on the issue of free will. The three academics: Calvin, Wesley, and B. F., represent the three schools of thought on the free will issue. Calvin, who characterizes John Calvin, speaks for Compatibilism. Wesley, who characterizes John Wesley, speaks for Libertarianism. And B. F., who characterizes B. F. Skinner, speaks for Determinism. The first three chapters of the book contain the arguments and rebuttals for Determinism, Compatibilism, and Libertarianism, respectively. The final chapter integrates Christian theology and the Scriptures into the conversation, ending with a stunning change of opinion for one of the characters. The book is a fantastic introduction to the free will problem for novices and offers a uniquely Christian understanding of this free will issue.
When these essays have been completed , the authors are each given the
opportunity to respond to the opposing view . ... Michael Slote Epistemic
Justification Laurence BonJour and Ernest Sosa Four Views on Free Will John
Martin Fischer ...
Author: Alvin Plantinga
Is belief in God justified? That's the fundamental question at the heart of this book. Alvin Plantinga and Michael Tooley each tackle the matter with distinctive arguments from opposing perspectives. The book opens with an explanation of the philosophers' viewpoints, followed by a lively debate in which each directly responds to the other's arguments.
Written in accessible prose and with an approachable structure, this book provides a clear and useful overview of the central issues of the philosophy of evil.
Author: W. Paul Franks
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
In Explaining Evil four prominent philosophers, two theists and two non-theists, present their arguments for why evil exists. Taking a "position and response" format, in which one philosopher offers an account of evil and three others respond, this book guides readers through the advantages and limitations of various philosophical positions on evil, making it ideal for classroom use as well as individual study. Divided into four chapters, Explaining Evil covers Theistic Libertarianism, Theistic Compatibilism, Atheistic Moral Realism and Atheistic Moral Non-realism. It features topics including free will, theism, atheism, goodness, Calvinism, evolutionary ethics, and pain, and demonstrates some of the dominant models of thinking within contemporary philosophy of religion and ethics. Written in accessible prose and with an approachable structure, this book provides a clear and useful overview of the central issues of the philosophy of evil.
For further discussion of this view , and the other views considered in this section
, see David Basinger and Randall Basinger , eds . , Predestination and Free Will :
Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom ( Downers Grove , IL ...
Author: Michael L. Peterson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Drawing from both classical and contemporary discussions, the authors examine topics of religious experience, faith and reason, theistic arguments, the problem of evil, religious language, miracles, life after death, and much more. The volume is enhanced by study questions and suggestions for further reading. The book also may serve as a companion to the authors' 1996 anthology, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION.
39 For background on these issues , see David Basinger and Randall Basinger ,
eds . , Predestination and Free Will : Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Free
Will ( Downers Grove , Ill .: InterVarsity , 1986 ) ; James K. Beilby and Paul .
Author: Dan R. Stiver
Employing useful case studies, his groundbreaking approach helps students understand what theology is--and shows them that they are participants in creating an ongoing, vigorous theology that will remain at the center of their faith for the rest of their lives.--Kevin Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
37 This latter point is extremely important , and is the reason these theologians
term themselves " free will theists . ... Pinnock , “ God Limits His Knowledge , ” in
Predestination and Free Will : Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Human ...
Author: Millard J. Erickson
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Millard Erickson identifies practioners of a new theological movement in evangelicalism that he contends have adopted a postconservative position and have drifted from the fundamental affirmations of conservative evangelicalism.
Contemporary Protestant Perspectives Bruce L. McCormack. Armed with the
tools ... In lifting up Clark Pinncck , “ God Limits His Knowledge , ” in
Predestination and Free Will : Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Human
Freedom , ed .
Author: Bruce L. McCormack
Evangelical theologians have traditionally affirmed a classical theism that emphasizes God's unchangeableness and all-knowing nature. Recent years, however, have seen the development of a variety of opinions, including the controversial ideas connected with "open theism." The contributors to this collection represent the broad range of creative thought characteristic of contemporary evangelicalism. Figures such as N. T. Wright, D. A. Carson, Paul Helm, John Webster, and Bruce McCormack discuss an array of ideas currently under debate by evangelical theologians. Both ministers and students of theology will find this a helpful and insightful volume. The contributors offer readers a valuable look at contemporary evangelical perspectives on the doctrine of God and the importance of theology for other areas of belief and practice.
Clark H. Pinnock , “ God Limits His Knowledge , ” in Predestination and Free Will :
Four Views of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom , ed . David Basinger and
Randall Basinger ( Downers Grove , Ill .: InterVarsity , 1986 ) , 151. Pinnock ...
Author: Evangelical Theological Society. Meeting
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Stay current on eschatological issues in theology, biblical studies, and ethics with these essays from leading evangelical scholars.