Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology

2017.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hugh J. McCann (ed.), Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology, Oxford University
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2017.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hugh J. McCann (ed.), Free Will and Classical Theism: The Significance of Freedom in Perfect Being Theology, Oxford University Press, 2017, 230pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190611200. Reviewed by Garrett Pendergraft, Pepperdine University This volume collects a set of papers that were presented at a conference on "Big Questions in Free Will," held at the University of Saint Thomas in October of 2014. It is dedicated to its editor, Hugh J. McCann, who passed away shortly after completing the manuscript. I will briefly summarize each of the 11 chapters and then offer a few critical comments. Peter van Inwagen opens the volume on a pessimistic note, claiming that "no one has any idea, any idea at all, what 'free will' means." (p. 4) Thus he restates the problem of free will as the Culpability Problem: there are seemingly unanswerable arguments for the claim that the ability to do otherwise is incompatible with. . .

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