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 IPM - May 1, 2006


Presentism and Open Theism
Michael C. Rea,
University of Notre Dame
May 3, 2006

The Discharging Method in Practice

Michael C. Rea,
University of Notre Dame


Open theism is a view in the philosophy of religion according to which God does not have foreknowledge of everything (or even, necessarily, of anything) that free creatures will freely do. My main goal in this talk is to discuss the way in which presentism--a position in the philosophy of time?bears on whether bivalence fails for propositions of the form 'S will do A' and, by extension, on the question of divine foreknowledge. I will argue that presentists who believe in human freedom are committed to open theism. This conclusion is significant. Many if not most contemporary defenders of presentism are theists who embrace both human freedom and divine foreknowledge of free human actions. But if the argument of this paper is sound, one of these beliefs will have to be abandoned.


Date:Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 15:00-17:00
Place: School of Analytic Philosophy, Niavaran Bldg., Niavaran Square, Tehran, Iran
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