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Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014731

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014731.001.0001

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The Fall of the Mind Argument and Some Lessons about Freedom

The Fall of the Mind Argument and Some Lessons about Freedom

(p.127) 7 The Fall of the Mind Argument and Some Lessons about Freedom
Action, Ethics, and Responsibility

E. J. Coffman

Donald Smith

The MIT Press

This chapter offers a new criticism of the Mind argument that is both decisive and instructive. It introduces a plausible principle (γ) that places a requirement on one’s having a choice about an event whose causal history includes only other events. Depending on γ’s truth-value, the Mind argument fails in such a way that one or the other of the two main species of libertarianism is the best approach to the metaphysics of freedom. Libertarians argue the compatibility of freedom and indeterminism, and their biggest obstacle is the Mind argument that argues an incompatibility between the two. The chapter aims to build a case for the truth of γ, and so for nonreductive libertarianism. This is achieved by defending it from the best objections that have been brought to light, thereby emphasizing γ’s prima facie plausibility.

Keywords:   Mind argument, libertarianism, metaphysics of freedom, indeterminism, nonreductive libertarianism

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