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Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem$
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Mark Balaguer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013543

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013543.001.0001

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Why the Compatibilism Issue and the Conceptual-Analysis Issue Are Metaphysically Irrelevant

Why the Compatibilism Issue and the Conceptual-Analysis Issue Are Metaphysically Irrelevant

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Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem
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Mark Balaguer

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013543.003.0002

The problem of free will has been linked to the debate about whether compatibilism is true. This chapter argues that the question of whether compatibilism is true has no relevance to metaphysical questions about human free will, and that it is independent of metaphysical questions about the nature of human decision-making processes, except in a trivial way. In addition, it suggests that conceptual analysis is essentially irrelevant to metaphysics and that FE-determinism is just the view that libertarianism is false. The chapter also discusses the coherence question, the moral responsibility question, and why the compatibilism question boils down to the what-is-free-will question.

Keywords:   free will, FE-determinism, compatibilism, human decision-making, conceptual analysis, metaphysics, libertarianism, coherence, moral responsibility

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