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Free Will and Classical TheismThe Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology$
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Hugh J. McCann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611200.001.0001

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Anselmian Alternatives and Frankfurt-Style Counterexamples

Anselmian Alternatives and Frankfurt-Style Counterexamples

(p.93) Chapter 6 Anselmian Alternatives and Frankfurt-Style Counterexamples
Free Will and Classical Theism

Katherin Rogers

Oxford University Press

Anselm of Canterbury holds that in order to be free and responsible, a created agent must be able to choose a se, from himself, and this requires that he confront genuinely open options such that it is entirely up to him which option he pursues. Katherin Rogers shows that the Anselmian theory subscribes to the Principle of Alternative Possibilities (PAP). In the recent literature, the main challenge to this principle originates with Harry Frankfurt, who challenges PAP by offering counterexamples in which a “controller” sees to it that an agent does not actually confront open options. Yet, as Frankfurt supposes, even a libertarian ought to judge that the agent is free and responsible. This challenge has evoked extensive debate in the last several decades. The Anselmian version of PAP is immune to these Frankfurt-style counterexamples, and his argument can be adapted by other species of libertarian.

Keywords:   Principle of Alternative Possibilities, Anselm of Canterbury, Frankfurt-style counterexamples, Harry Frankfurt, libertarianism

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