General Arguments for and against Determinism


in The Freedom of the Will

Published in print September 1970 | ISBN: 9780198243434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680687 | DOI:
General Arguments for and against Determinism

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The chief general arguments for determinism turn on ideas, often confused, of explicability. Provided we take reasonable care to distinguish the different senses of ‘explanation’, ‘cause’, and ‘causal’, we see that the arguments do not really hold at all.

Keywords: determinism; explanation; cause; causal

Chapter.  5342 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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