Are We Free to Break the Laws?

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI:
                      Are We Free to Break the Laws?

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Soft determinism seems to have the incredible consequence that sometimes we are able to act in ways that break the laws of nature. This paper distinguishes between a weak and a strong version of this consequence, and argues that it is the strong version that is incredible, but only the weak version that is the consequence.

Keywords: compatibilism; determinism; free will; laws of nature

Chapter.  3645 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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