Introduction and ContextSo far in the free will vs determinism debate we’ve looked at the two major positions (libertarian free will and causal determinism), two interpretations of the debate (compatibilism and incompatibilism), and two positions on the relationship between the free will debate and moral responsibility (Strawson’s Basic Argument and Frankfurt’s compatibilism). All the positions […]
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Introduction and ContextUp until now we’ve looked at a quick overview of the free will vs causal determinism debate. Aside from the two basic positions–causal determinism and libertarian free will, there are two other “meta-positions”: compatibilism and incompatibilism which are basically attitudes toward the debate. Incompatibilists say that causal determinism and free will are mutually […]
Read More Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person: Frankfurt
http://search.dilbert.com/comic/Free-willIntroduction and ContextThere is something very important at stake in the free will vs determinism debate: is moral responsibility possible? Strawson’s answer is “no” but this follows whether determinism is true or false! If Strawson is right, and we can’t be morally responsible for our actions, why the heck do most people think that we […]
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Introduction and ContextThe debate over the degree to which we have control (if any at all) over our actions is one of the longest debated topics in philosophy and there isn’t much reason to think it will end any time soon. The debate is known as the freewill-determinism debate.Before proceeding lets quickly define some of […]
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