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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.001.0001

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(p.222) 11 Geachianism
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3

Patrick Todd

Oxford University Press

In his 1977 monograph, Providence and Evil, P.T. Geach articulated a position on divine omniscience and future contingents that has been widely interpreted as a version of (or precursor to) ‘open theism’. In short, Geach argued that the future is (in a particular way) mutable. Unfortunately, however, and despite Geach's philosophical eminence, the distinctive view which he proposed has had little impact on the massive literature on such topics. Admittedly, this is perhaps because Geach did not systematically develop the view he was proposing. The goal of this paper is thus to further develop Geach's view. Though the resulting view–Geachianism–is certain to be controversial, the chapter argues that it deserves the status of a theoretical contender in these debates.

Keywords:   P.T. Geach, Geachianism, divine foreknowledge, the mutability of the future, open theism, omniscience

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