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Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.001.0001

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Causation, Free Will, and Naturalism 1

Causation, Free Will, and Naturalism 1

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(p.208) 10 Causation, Free Will, and Naturalism1
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Scientific Metaphysics
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Jenann Ismael

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696499.003.0010

This chapter addresses the worry that the existence of causal antecedents to your choices means that you are causally compelled to act as you do. It begins with the folk notion of cause, leads the reader through recent developments in the scientific understanding of causal concepts, and argues that those developments undermine the threat from causal antecedents. The discussion is then used as a model for a kind of naturalistic metaphysics that takes its lead from science, letting everyday concepts be shaped and transformed by scientific developments.

Keywords:   Free will, causal antecedents, scientific developments, interventionism, naturalistic metaphysics

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