Category Archives: Free Will

Free Will or not regardless of determinism or indeterminism

Traditionally the debate in free will has revolved around its compatibility or incompatibility with determinism, along with debates within compatibilism and incompatibilism about the conditions of our free will. I want to mention two views that take the issue of … Continue reading

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Moral Responsibility and Free Will

Typically people associate free will as a condition necessary for moral responsibility.  As John Martin Fischer says: Some philosophers do not distinguish between freedom and moral responsibility. Put a bit more carefully, they tend to begin with the notion of … Continue reading

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Libertarian Free Will and punching babies

Proponents of libertarian free will typically point out unwanted consequences if determinism is true.  I want to even out the playing field a bit and point out the unwanted consequences too. Suppose I hand you a baby and ask you … Continue reading

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Saul Smilansky on Free Will

Saul Smilansky’s views on free will can be summarized by three points. Libertarian free will is impossible for two reasons.  The first is the randomness objections raised by various philosophers.  The second is Galen Strawson’s Basic Argument Traditionally, people have … Continue reading

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Derk Pereboom’s arguments against Compatiblism

Derk Pereboom is a hard incompatibilist.  In his brand of hard incompatibilism, free will and moral responsibility are incompatible with both determinism and indeterminism.  Hard incompatibilism does not entail that we don’t have freedom: we could act in accord with … Continue reading

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