Simon KITTLE, PhD

research fellow in the research projects Analytic Theology-Projekt der John Templeton Foundation and  Agency and (quantum) physics (January to April 2017).

Department for Christian Philosophy
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1
A-6020 Innsbruck

Tel.: +43 512 507-8535
E-mail: Simon.Kittle@uibk.ac.at

Research Interests

I am interested in the nature of divine and human freedom, the connections between the two, and the extent to which committing oneself to a position on either of these demands that you hold to certain other theological positions or doctrines (particularly in the area of Christology). Freedom is one of the key aspects of personhood, so if God is conceived of as a person, then understanding the nature of freedom will have a number of implications for understanding God and how he acts. But how to understand freedom? Does God himself have libertarian freedom? Is it even sensible to talk of God making decisions? Considerations of divine rationality or omniscience might speak against this. On the other side, what is the relationship of God's activity as creator and sustainer to particular choices made by humans (especially as they are understood by libertarians)? I seek to investigate these and similar questions by bringing to bear on them recent work in the philosophy of action and causation.