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Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams

Samuel Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen


The Molinist posits ‘brutely true’ conditionals about what individuals would or will do if put in certain circumstances (called the Molinist's conditionals ‘conditionals of freedom’ or ‘CFs’) The circumstances in question are indeterministic ones, since Molinists are libertarians; if a creature is really free in a given set of circumstances, then the laws of nature and prior states of the world do not determine which among a number of alternatives is chosen. The point of positing CFs is to allow God absolute, ‘risk free’ providential control. He has to know the end from the beginning; the Moli ... More

Keywords: Molinist, conditionals of freedom, individuals, anti-Molinist, possibilities of worlds, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Newlands, editor
University of Notre Dame
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Larry M. Jorgensen, editor
Valparaiso University
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