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Unformatted text preview: Compatibilism: Free will is compatible with determinism Hard determinism: Determinism is true and (hence) we have no free will 3. Summarise the consequence argument If determinism is true, then all our actions are determined by causes that existed before we were born, together with the laws of physics. But we have no control over such ancient events, nor any control over the laws of physics. Hence we have no control over our actions. So free will is incompatible with determinism. 4. How does W. T. Stace define free will? Free actions are those immediately caused by psychological states within the agent. 5. How, according to Baron d’Holbach, does a person make a choice? The will has no power of its own. It is passive, being acted upon by desires. The strongest desire will overcome weaker ones, deterministically causing a certain choice....
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- Fall '10
- Philosophy, W. T. Stace, Baron D’Holbach, determinism Hard determinism, consequence argument