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Kieran Tsai Compatibilism: Free Will is Consistent with Determinism 10-Mar-11 How does Stace show that free will is compatible with determinism? Stace showed that free will is compatible with determinism by first showing the correct and incorrect definition of determinism and free will. He defined that Determinism to be that all actions are causal. He then defined Free Will as actions that are caused by internal causes rather than external causes; which is contrary to the common belief that free will is without cause. Having done so, Stace proceeds to show a wide variety of borderline cases which challenge this theory and found that none disapproved the definitions laid out. In many of these cases, the
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Unformatted text preview: causes are mixed and arent feasible to determine whether the cause is internal or external. He even goes as far as saying that an internal cause can approximate an external cause. Nevertheless, the theory still stands. He then argued that if Free Will is to be without cause, then there is no point in punishment; because external cause would not change the behavior of the agent if it is true. Hence determinism is not incompatible with Free Will as actions without cause has never been the real definition of Free Will. He also demonstrated that all actions are causal whether they may be of psychological nature or external means....
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