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Philosophical Arminianism: a breakthrough in the foreknowledge controversy?



Jonathan Kvanvig has proposed a novel approach to the topics of divine foreknowledge and providence, a view he terms ‘Philosophical Arminianism’. This article expounds and assesses the view; it is maintained that there are at least two major difficulties that have yet to be addressed.



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Kvanvig, Jonathan (2011) Deliberation and Destiny: Essays in Philosophical Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Perszyk, Kenneth (ed.) (2011) Molinism: The Contemporary Debate (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Sanders, John (1997) ‘Why simple foreknowledge offers no more providential control than the openness of God’, Faith and Philosophy, 14, 2640.
Stanglin, Keith D., & Mccall, Thomas H. (2012) Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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