[FL 3152]  BAC. 3rd yr/LIC. Future Contingents in Ancient and Medieval Thought – 24.25

Semester I
friday 14:30 - 16:15

Course Information

Professor: HOLTZ, Dominic
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

ECTS: 3
Schedule:
Semester I
friday 14:30 - 16:15

Content

What is the status of the future? Can a statement about the future be true? If so, how can it also be the case that this same future is contingent, that it need not be? Can something which is future and contingent be the subject of knowledge, or can it only be the subject of opinion? If it can be known, how is it known, especially if the future qua future does not exist? This course will examine classic presentations of these problems, with a particular focus on God’s knowledge of the future, by authors in the Antique world (Aristotle and Boethius), and the Medieval Latin West (Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham). Finally, we will consider modern evaluations of these classic responses to the problem of future contingents

Bibliography

BOETHIUS, Anicius Manlius Severinus. The Consolation of Philosophy. P.G. Walsh, transl. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999; KNUUTTILA, Simo. "Medieval Theories of Future Contingents." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Summer 2020 Edition. Edward N. Zalta, ed. ; ØHRSTRØM, Peter, and HASLE, Per. "Future Contingents." In: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Summer 2020 Edition. Edward N. Zalta, ed. ; THOMAS AQUINAS. Quæstiones disputatæ de veritate II.12; WILLIAM OF OCKHAM. The Tractatus de praedestinatione et de praescientia dei et de futuris contingentibus of William Ockham. Philotheus Boehner, O.F.M., ed. St. Bonaventure, New York: The Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure College, 1945