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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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Are We Free to Break the Laws?

Are We Free to Break the Laws?

(p.291) Twenty‐Five Are We Free to Break the Laws?
Philosophical Papers Volume II

David Lewis

Oxford University Press

Soft determinism seems to have the incredible consequence that sometimes we are able to act in ways that break the laws of nature. This paper distinguishes between a weak and a strong version of this consequence, and argues that it is the strong version that is incredible, but only the weak version that is the consequence.

Keywords:   compatibilism, determinism, free will, laws of nature

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