Monthly Archives: August 2014

Chesterton’s Genealogy of Modernity

“Pagan antiquity was the age of status; Christian mediaevalism was the age of vows; and skeptical modernity has been the age of contracts; or rather has tried to be, and has failed” (“The Story of the Vow,” in The Superstition … Continue reading

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Four-dimensionalism and Fatalism

Reading the chapter on “Fate” in Richard Taylor’s Metaphysics, I was suddenly struck by the fact that four-dimensionalism w/r/t time seems to entail fatalism w/r/t human action. Now, the next chapter in the book (“Time and Becoming”) makes clear that Taylor … Continue reading

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Providential vs. Materialist Determinisms

We need to distinguish two varieties of determinism w/r/t human action, one “from above,” and another “from below.” We can see human action as determined by — in the sense of conditioned by, contained within, enabled by, etc. — God’s … Continue reading

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