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8. Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)

8. Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191781216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663224.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199663224
Most people take it for granted that some future events are contingent, but ‘Foreknowledge and freedom (Boethius and Gersonides)’ considers the ‘problem of prescience’, which arises when an ... More
6. Necessity and possibility: what will be must be?

6. Necessity and possibility: what will be must be?  

Graham Priest

in Logic: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191848513
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10.1093/actrade/9780198811701.003.0006
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9780198811701
We often say that something must be so (e.g. ‘It must be going to rain’). We also have ways of saying that, though something may not be the case, it could be (e.g. ‘It could rain ... More
9. Dispositionalism: what tends to be?

9. Dispositionalism: what tends to be?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0010
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9780199684434
What is the dispositionalist theory of causation? ‘Dispositionalism: what tends to be?’ outlines the ideas of dispositionalism where causation is essentially dispositional in nature. It is ... More
Causation: A Very Short Introduction

Causation: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.001.0001
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book
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9780199684434
Causation is the most fundamental connection in the universe. Without it, there would be no science or technology. There would be no moral responsibility either, as none of our thoughts ... More
9. Society and the best life (Ibn Ṭufayl and Dante)

9. Society and the best life (Ibn Ṭufayl and Dante)  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
eISBN: 
9780191781216
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199663224.003.0009
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chapter
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9780199663224
Arguably, the fundamental question in ethics is: what is the best life in the sense of flourishing as a human being? This question leads to another: what is the relation between an ... More
Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Logic: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Graham Priest

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191848513
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198811701.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780198811701
Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. Logic: A Very Short Introduction shows how wrong this conception is. It ... More
4. Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?

4. Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2013
Published Online: 
Nov 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779909
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199684434
‘Necessity: do causes guarantee their effects?’ explains what is meant by necessity and contingency. David Hume considered necessity as a possible fourth element to the idea of cause, ... More

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