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Nature's Challenge to Free Will

Bernard Berofsky


Hardly any attempt to come to grips with the classical problem of free will and determinism directly addresses the metaphysical vision driving the concerns of those who believe that a significant sort of free will cannot exist in a deterministic world (incompatibilists). According to this vision, the world, as its history unfolds, is governed by certain sorts of necessary truths. Most philosophers who believe that free will is possible in a deterministic world ignore this root position, often regarding it as sufficient in establishing free will to cite considerations about morality or human ag ... More

Keywords: free will, determinism, regularity theory, self-determination, autonomy, consequence argument, Humean Compatibilism, governance, necessitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640010
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Berofsky, author
Columbia University