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A Programme Subsumed

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/9780198239543.003.0010
A Programme Subsumed

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As well as supporting the theses just summarised, the last seven chapters have, the book hopes, also illustrated a method. As stressed in the Introduction, adoption of this method does not leave the utility of metaphysics simply to take care of itself. Or to put it in another way, randomness is reduced. On the method proposed, all questions are ignored but those to which answers are necessary for the identification or resolution of want and belief conflicts. Instead of asking whether freedom is compatible with determinism, one must ask whether there is any evidentially well-supported determinism which is compatible with a freedom one wants to possess. Or, looking at it for once in a different way, whether there is any evidentially well-supported thesis of freedom which is incompatible with a determinism one wants to be true.

Keywords: metaphysics; resolution; determinism; randomness; freedom; compatibility; want conflicts; belief conflicts

Chapter.  4087 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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