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Palliatives

N. M. L. Nathan

in Will and World

Published in print January 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239543.003.0006
Palliatives

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The third question to be asked about want and beliefs conflicts was about the evidential status of the proposition which in first-order conflicts is believed to be false. Progress was made with this question in the previous chapter, so far as it concerns conflicts about free decisions. It did at any rate seem that, whatever interpretation of counterfactuals one takes, no thesis or natural order is both well supported by evidence and incompatible even with the probably existence of *-free decisions. There may yet be evidence of quite a different kind for the non-existence of *-free and indeed S- and C-free decisions.

Keywords: want conflicts; belief conflicts; S-free decisions; evidential status; first-order conflicts; natural order; C-free decisions; counterfactuals

Chapter.  6620 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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