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Physical Determinism

J. R. LUCAS

in The Freedom of the Will

Published in print September 1970 | ISBN: 9780198243434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.003.0016
Physical Determinism

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Physical determinism is easily the most important type of determinism today. It is the only one that poses a credible threat to freedom. None of the other sorts of determinism are convincing, even though it may be a little tricky to put one's finger precisely on the mistake. But physical determinism is frightening. The arguments for it are forceful. The world-view suggested by physics is strongly supported by the success of the physical sciences in explaining phenomena, and even if it has to be amended in some detail, it remains both well supported and incompatible with freedom.

Keywords: freedom; physical determinism; physical sciences

Chapter.  2196 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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