You are warmly invited to listen to Dr Chris Hughes (of KCL) who is going to talk about Augustine’s views on will, freedom, necessity and foreknowledge (and whether they are correct) (see the abstract below). The talk will take place on Thursday 20 February, at 18.30 Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. Dr Hughes wrote on Kripke, modality, personal identity and theology. Lately, he’s been working on medieval philosophy. See his website for more information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/people/staff/academic/hughes/index.aspx.
ABSTRACT. At De Libero Arbitrio, III, 2, Evodius sketches an argument trying to show that since God foreknows everything we'll do, none of what we'll do is free. Augustine responds to the argument by developing his own account of freedom of the will, and arguing that on that account, divine foreknowledge is no threat to our freedom. I try to figure out just what Augustine's response is, and to evaluate its cogency.