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Determinism as True, Both Compatibilism and Incompatibilism as False, and the Real Problem

Ted Honderich

in The Oxford Handbook of Free Will

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195178548
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195178548.003.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Determinism as True, Both Compatibilism and Incompatibilism as False, and the Real Problem

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This article presents an argument for determinism—a qualified “macro-determinism” of human behavior that is consistent with micro-indeterminism of the kind that standard quantum theories postulate. It considers how humans should react to the realization that their behavior is mostly determined and libertarian free will impossible. It suggests that some important “life-hopes” must be abandoned if determinism is true, but many other life-hopes that matter to us can be retained.

Keywords: determinism; quantum theories; free will; libertarian free will

Article.  7886 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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