Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2007

A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

Petr Dvořák
Pages 173-184

Freedom and Necessity
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

The paper deals with various species of fatalism originating either in causal determinism, in the semantic fact that propositions about the future may be true in the present, or in divine omniscience. The common argument form is identified as well as the relevant notion of modality at play, that of power necessity. Finally, the paper examines briefly a strategy to combat theological fatalism, the socalled Ockhamism and various attempts to disprove the underlying transfer principle (of power necessity).