The Necessity of Action and the Problem of Alternate Possibilities

Christopher Yeomans

in Freedom and Reflection

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794522
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919253 | DOI:
The Necessity of Action and the Problem of Alternate Possibilities

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This chapter traces different forms of doubt about the reality of free will that are grounded in the contrast between a specifically modal form of the principle of sufficient reason, according to which sufficient reasons make that which they explain necessary, and the claim that free will involves alternate possibilities. Again it traces this specific problem of free will through modern, 19th century, and contemporary sources. In addition, it shows that Hegel's own texts seem to suggest a tension between necessity and alternate possibilities, both of which he attributes to free will.

Keywords: Hegel; free will; alternate possibilities; libertarianism; compatibilism

Chapter.  3809 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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