Midterm - The following question in four parts (A, B, C,...

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The following question in four parts (A, B, C, and D) is about the prima facie inconsistency between God's foreknowledge of events and the responsibility of humans for their actions. Answer all of A, B, C and D in a single, coherent and well-organized essay. The question uses terms like ‘modal notions’ and ‘modes of cognition’ that will need defining or describing, perhaps with help from the Marenbon Studies. A. Moral Responsibility: It is sometimes thought that a person has no moral responsibility for taking actions about which she had no choice. Why might someone think this? Why might medieval Christians have been especially wedded to the idea that at least some human actions are freely chosen? o If humans have no moral responsibility for their actions then they have no freewill. B. Prescience: Does God’s knowledge of the future, or in general God’s omniscience, impose an especially severe constraint on the freedom of humans to choose their actions? Explain the nature of that constraint with reference to the relevant modal notions:
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