Descartes on Spontaneity, Indifference, and Alternatives

Joseph Keim Campbell

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868285 | DOI:
Descartes on Spontaneity, Indifference, and Alternatives

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“Descartes on Spontaneity, Indifference, and Alternatives” This essay argues for a “two‐way” compatibilist reading of Descartes on the topic of free will, i.e., Descartes holds that free will is compatible with determinism, and yet also thinks that free will requires a two‐way power to pursue or avoid, and affirm or deny.

Keywords: Joseph Keim Campbell; compatibilism; Descartes; determinism; free will; incompatibilism; indifference; libertarian; spontaneity

Chapter.  11496 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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