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MolinismThe Contemporary Debate$
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Ken Perszyk

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590629.001.0001

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The (Non‐)Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals

The (Non‐)Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals

(p.25) 1 The (Non‐)Existence of Molinist Counterfactuals

William Hasker

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the main objections against the existence of the ‘counterfactuals of creaturely freedom’ featured by Molinism. The objections are (1) These (true) counterfactuals cannot exist because they fail to be grounded in reality (the ‘grounding objection’); and (2) If we assume that the counterfactuals do exist, their existence turns out to be incompatible with libertarian free will; thus, they are not counterfactuals of freedom. Each objection is stated, responses to the objections are explained, and there is some discussion of how the debate concerning the objections has developed. There are also tentative suggestions concerning how the discussion might be carried on beyond the point it has presently arrived at.

Keywords:   Molinism, counterfactuals of freedom, grounding objection, Flint

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