Free will and Determinism. Philosophy of mind from A to Z
Dec ‘15

In some sense meaning of life is based on free will. It’s a belief that we act freely not as physical entities. But is free will possible when determinism is true? Philosophers are divided into two parts. Dmitry Volkov and Kirill Martynov discussed the details of that problem.

 

In some sense meaning of life is based on free will. It’s a belief that we act freely not as physical entities. But is free will possible when determinism is true? Philosophers are divided into two parts.
Derk Pereboom suggests apparently the most influential argument against compatibility of free will and determinism. It’s a manipulation argument. We all agree that direct manipulation rejects free will and moral responsibility. Crucial idea of the argument is that there is no difference between manipulation and determinism. Hence free will is incompatible with determinism.
Philosophers Dmitry Volkov and Kirill Martynov discussed the details of the argument within a mutual project with Postnauka “Philosophy of mind from A to Z”.

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