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Divine omniscience, timelessness, and the power to do otherwise

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There is a familiar argument based on the principle that the past is fixed that, if God foreknows what I will do, I do not have the power to act otherwise. So, there is a problem about reconciling divine omniscience with the power to do otherwise. However the problem posed by the argument does not provide a good reason for adopting the view that God is outside time. In particular, arguments for the fixity of the past, if successful, either establish His timelessness independently of the probl...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0034412506008250

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Religious Studies Journal website
Volume:
42
Issue:
2
Pages:
123-139
Publication date:
2006-06-01
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EISSN:
1469-901X
ISSN:
0034-4125
Language:
English
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ora:2523
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2009-01-09

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