PHIL 20B SUMMER 2008 TSOMPANIDIS FIRST PAPER ASSIGNMENT One of the toughest problems philosophers had to face in the medieval period was the apparent incompatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Free Will. The problem might lead to the following conclusion: either God does not have foreknowledge or we are not free to act as we please. Traditionally philosophers have argued against this problem by developing or expanding some theory of Time. (i) Describe one theory of Time used against the problem, as we saw it in class. (ii) How does adopting this theory help us defeat the original problem? (iii) Present a reasoned evaluation of your chosen theory of Time (e.g. does it have any obvious flaws or considerable positive aspects?) INSTRUCTIONS This assignment is due in class on Monday July 14th . Late papers will be marked down. The suggested length is 3-4 pages (double-spaced, reasonable font size). All three parts are weighted equally. Please make sure you answer all three parts.
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