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What is the consequence argument? When you hear the name, what argument comes to mind? What is the conclusion, and what are the key premises? Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Flickers of Freedom
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In conversation, Bert Baumgaertner (UI) and Michael Goldsby (WSU) have suggested another way of contrasting my view with Vargas’ view. First, there is revisionism 1.0: Who cares what the folk think? What matters is what philosophers think, for “free will” is a term of art. Next there is revisionism 1.1:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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I've been hit by grading and other end-of-the-semester distractions, so I'm a bit behind from where I wanted to be. Luckily, grades are due tomorrow, so I should catch up. Recently, I've become interested in trying to better understand revisionism, and whether and how it differs from classical compatibilism. Nelkin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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Here is the main argument. Arguments for free will skepticism are no better or worse than arguments for epistemological skepticism. If any argument for epistemological skepticism is cogent, then among the things we don’t know is that we don’t know that we don’t have free will. Therefore, there are no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
I'm going to take a break from the main argument, since I've decided to talk about it more in the 3rd week anyway. So I'm going to talk about something now that I was going to talk about in the 3rd week: Joe's taxonomy. I'll have one final post on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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Here is the main argument (aka the argument I’ll give on Friday). 1. Arguments for free will skepticism are no better or worse than arguments for epistemological skepticism. 2. If any argument for epistemological skepticism is cogent, then among the things we don’t know is that we don’t know that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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There are new arguments for free will skepticism based on recent findings in neuroscience. For instance, most of you know about a compelling set of data from experiments performed by Benjamin Libet and others (see Bayne and Haggard in Swinburne 2011, as well as the Introduction). In a Libet experiment,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
Thanks Thomas for giving me this opportunity! I look forward to discussing free will and moral responsibility with all of you over the next few weeks! In this first week, I’ll note several reasons why compatibility problems – the problem of free will and determinism as well as the problem... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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If you haven't made your travel plans yet, try to get to the Pacific APA early this year because there is a terrific session on free will with papers by me, Chris Franklin, and Alex Grzankowski and commentaries by Michael Robinson, Rebekah Rice, and Mark Balaguer. BUT it starts 9am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
There is a sense of "able" that applies to scientific experimentors: one must be able to duplicate an experiment in other situations; experiments must be reproducible. This sense of "able" would not pass libertarian muster, for holding fixed the propositions about the past and the laws of nature is not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Flickers of Freedom
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Suppose there are two people: A & B. They are mean to each other. A treats B with a lack of respect which causes B to yell at A which causes A to treat B with a lack of respect, etc. It isn't clear when this began, whether it began... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
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I've been listening to Sam Harris' FREE WILL on my iPod. One line of argument is a standard constructive dilemma similar to Strawson's basic argument. If determinism is true, we don't have free will; indeterminism can't help, for that is just randomness. Therefore, we don't have free will. But there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
We need someone who can teach bioethics, ethics, and intro to philosophy for a year. If you're interested, contact me (josephc@wsu.edu). Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
If anyone is interested in commenting on a paper on blame at the 2012 Pacific APA, contact me offlist. Can't be on the main program already! Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
Does anyone know why Widerker (2002, 316) calls the following assumption "IVD"? "If determinism is true, then no agent could have avoided acting as he did ..." Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Flickers of Freedom
The 2012 INPC is on Pragmatism, Law, & Language and will be held March 23-25 in Moscow ID. Any free will conferences that anyone knows about in Spring 2012, especially on the east coast? I still have some extra travel money! Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
WARNING: Logic ahead! Lot’s of folks have commented on van Inwagen’s “Free Will Remains a Mystery” (2000; Kane 2002) but most of the commentaries are about part 2: the rollback (or Mind or luck) argument against the libertarian agency theory. Almost nothing has been written about part 1, his revised... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Flickers of Freedom
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Anyone interested in chairing at the Pacific APA in April 2011 (San Diego), please contact me asap: josephc@wsu.edu Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at Flickers of Freedom
Recently, two people (Ish Haji and Andrew Bailey) reminded me that my reply to van Inwagen's 1st and 3rd arguments does not work against van Inwagen's 2nd argument. For those who don't know, here is a brief version of my reply to the 1st and 3rd argument: “Incompatibilism holds that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Flickers of Freedom
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Fellow Fans of Free Will, I organized an invited session on Classical Compatibilism for the 2010 Pacific APA. Unfortunately there is a boycott of the conference hotel – not a strike, but a boycott – and we decided to move to the 2010 Off-Site Pacific Meeting, at the University of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Flickers of Freedom
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I'm still struggling through the paper, reply, and response but Bob's comment reminded me of a question that I wanted to ask Mark wrt L-freedom. How does this concept solve the problem of luck other than defining it away? Suppose I give this definition: a person is C-free iff all of her decisions are (a) causally determined and (b) the determinacy here generates, or procures, or enhances, or increases, the up-to-usness of the agent's actions. That doesn't solve the problem of free will and determinism, does it?