Analytic Theology Cluster Group

Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Divine Providence

Study sessions for members

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The sessions scheduled for academic year 2014/2015 are designed for the members of the Cluster Group. The presentations of the issues will be conducted in Spanish, and the discussion can develop in both Spanish and English. These sessions will be held at the Philosophy Seminar Room, Department of Philosophy, University of Navarra, 12:00pm, and are as follows:

  • December 12: Introduction to Analytic Theology

    Dr. Enrique Moros: From Analytic Philosophy to Analytic Theology. The origin and configuration of a new academic phenomenon.

  • January 16: Providence, Omniscience and Foreknowledge

    Drs. Pablo Cobreros and Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe.  

    Main bibliography: 


    • Peter van Inwagen, "What Does an Omniscient Being Know About the Future?", in Jonathan Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 216-230. 


    • Linda Zagzebski, "Omniscience and the Arrow of Time," Faith and Philosophy, 19:4 (2002), 503–519. 


    Complementary bibliography: 


    • David P. Hunt, "Divine Providence and Simple Foreknowledge", Faith and Philosophy 10:3 (1993), 394-414 


    • Thomas P. Flint, Divine Providence. The Molinist Account (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1998), chapter 2, 35-71. 


    • William Hasker, "The Foreknowledge Conundrum", International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 50 (2001), 97-114. 


  • February 16: Providence and Divine Action

    Drs. Ignacio Silva and Javier Sánchez-Cañizares.

    Main bibliography: 


    • Alvin Plantinga, "What is ‘Intervention'", Theology and Science 6:4 (2008), 369-401. 


    • Ignacio Silva, "Revisiting Aquinas on Providence and Rising to the Challenge of Divine Action in Nature", The Journal of Religion 94:3 (forthcoming July, 2014). 


    Complementary bibliography: 


    • Lydia Jaeger, "Against Physicalism-Plus-God: How Creation Accounts for Divine Action in Nature's World", Faith and Philosophy 29:3 (2012), 295- 312. 


    • Brian Leftow, "Divine Action and Embodiment", Proceedings of the ACPA 71 (1997), 113-124. 


    • Alfred Freddoso, "God's General Concurrence with Secondary Causes: Pitfalls and Prospects", American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 67:2 (1994), 131-156. 


  • March 20: Providence and Evil: Recent Approaches

    Drs. Enrique Romerales and Agustín Echavarría

    Main bibliography: 


    • Plantinga, Alvin, "Supralapsarianism, or ‘O Felix Culpa'", in P. van Inwagen (ed.), Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 1-25.

    • Stewart Goetz, Freedom, Teleology and Evil (London and New York: Continuum, 2008), chapter 6, 123-154.

    Complementary bibliography: 


    • Marilyn McCord Adams, "Plantinga on ‘Felix Culpa'. Analysis and Critique", Faith and Philosophy 25:2 (2008), 123-140. 


    • Eleonore Stump, "The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amelec", in Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray and Michael Rea (eds.), Divine Evil. The Moral Character of the God of Abraham (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 179-197. 


    • Michael J. Murray, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw. Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), chapters 5 and 6, 130-192. 


  • April 17: Providence and the Evidential Argument from Evil.

    Drs. Enrique Moros and Rubén Pereda.

    Main bibliography: 


    • Peter van Inwagen, "The Argument from Particular Horrendous Evils", Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 74 (2001), 65-80. 


    • M. Bergmann, "Sceptical theism and Rowe's New Evidential Argument from Evil", Nous 35 (2001), 278-96. 


    Complementary bibliography: 


    • Marilyn McCord Adams, Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God (Ithaca and New York: Cornell University Press, 1999), chapter 8, 155-180. 


    •  Michael Almeida, G. Oppy, "Sceptical Theism and Evidential Arguments from Evil", Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81:4 (2003), 496-516. 


    • M. Bergmann and M. Rea, "In Defense of Skeptical Theism: A Reply to Almeida and Oppy", Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (2005), 241-251. 


  • May 15: Providence, Free Will and Determinism.

    Drs. Eduardo Ortiz and Martín Montoya.

    Main bibliography: 


    • Derk Pereboom, "Theological Determinism and Divine Providence", in Ken Perszyk (ed.), Molinism. The Contemporay Debate (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 262-280. 


    • Neal Judisch, "Theological Determinism and the Problem of Evil", Religious Studies 44 (2008), 165-184. 


    Complementary bibliography: 


    • David P. Hunt, "The Compatibility of Divine Determinism and Human Freedom: A Modest Proposal", Faith and Philosophy 19:4 (2002), 485-502.


    • Derk Pereboom, "A Defense without Free Will," in D. Howard-Snyder and J. McBrayer (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to the Problem of Evil (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013), 441-55. 


    • James F. Sennett, "The Free Will Defense and Determinism", Faith and Philosophy 8:3 (1991), 340-353. 


  • June 12: Providence and Libertarian Free Will.

    Drs. Cruz González Ayesta and Miguel Brugarolas

    Main bibliography: 


    • W. Matthews Grant, "Can a Libertarian Hold that Our Free Acts Are Caused by God?", Faith and Philosophy 27:1 (2010), 22-44. 


    • Kevin Timpe and Timothy Pawl, "Incompatibilism, Sin, and Free Will in Heaven", Faith and Philosophy 26:4 (2009), 396-417. 


    Complementary bibliography: 


    • Lynne Rudder Baker, "Why Christians Should not be Libertarians: An Augustinian Challenge", Faith and Philosophy 20:4 (2003), 460-478. 


    • Kevin Timpe, "Why Christians Might be Libertarians: A Reply to Lynne Rudder Baker", Philosophia Christi 6:2 (2004), 89-98. 


    • Hugh J. McCann, "Divine Sovereignty and the Freedom of the Will", Faith and Philosophy 12:4 (1995), 582-598.