Unformatted text preview: Contrast freedom with being caused. Freedom SHOULD be contrasted with constraint Ayer claims: an act in free if and only if she could have done otherwise. “could have done otherwise” = if she had chosen otherwise, then she would have done otherwise. Consider a and b a. he could have done otherwise b. if he had chosen otherwise, then he would have chosen otherwise A’ he could have not pulled the trigger” B’ “if he had chosen not to pull the trigger, then he would not have pulled the trigger” Ayer’s argument requires that 1. a and b mean the same thing 2. b type claims are compatible with determinism. (can be true, even if determinism is true)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course PHL 201 taught by Professor Bokemeier during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.
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