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Published: 05 June 2013

296 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199795185

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Causes, Laws, and Free Will

Why Determinism Doesn't Matter

Kadri Vihvelin

  • Defends a thesis that has almost disappeared from the contemporary philosophical landscape: the thesis that we really have the free will common sense says we have, and that this is so regardless of what the laws of nature turn out to be.
  • Argues that the free will/determinism problem is a problem in metaphysics, not moral philosophy
  • Argues that the intuitions that tempt us to think that determinism would rob us of free will are based on mistakes about the metaphysics of causation, the nature of laws, and the logic of counterfactuals
  • Argues that Frankfurt's highly influential argument against the Principle of Alternate Possibilities fails due to a modal fallacy
  • Argues that determinism is compatible with the ability to choose among alternative actions.
  • Argues that the objections that were viewed as fatal to the Conditional Analysis of ability were based on mistakes about the logic of counterfactuals or the metaphysics of dispositions.