Brian Leiter has a new guest post up by John Martin Fischer on the state of the state of free will and moral responsibility. This is the first in what Brian promises will be a series of commissioned posts by leading philosophers.
First off Fischer deserves some thanks for singling us out towards the end of his insightful remarks on work relating to the relationship between God’s foreknowledge and human freedom. I find myself in agreement with Fischer’s remarks that
Molinism provides a picture of how God could know about future actions of humans, and how he could use this knowledge in his providential activity. But it does not provide an answer to the problem about the relationship between God’s foreknowledge and human free action; rather, it simply presupposes some answer to this problem.
To paraphrase David Hunt, I don’t want my defense of human freedom to be hostage to a particular speculative account about how in fact God knows the future.
Fischer also thinks it would be interesting to see some work done in the direction of the nature of belief as a route towards progress on the traditional problem between God’s foreknowledge and human freedom. I confess that I don’t know what Fischer has in mind here, but hopefully someone can fill in the details in the comments section.