Compatibilism and Incompatibilism: Some Arguments

Ted Warfield

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Compatibilism and Incompatibilism: Some Arguments

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This article sketches and discusses four arguments for compatibilism. There are certainly other arguments that have been called ‘arguments for compatibilism’ and some of these arguments may even be arguments for compatibilism, but the article restricts its focus to four arguments that strike as particularly important. The arguments all share the compatibilist conclusion that determinism and freedom are consistent. The article does not exhaustively explore the historical or contemporary use or provenance of these arguments, nor does it fully document professional discussion of the arguments. The focus is exclusively on the arguments.

Keywords: compatibilism; determinism; arguments; incompatibilism; freedom

Article.  8594 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy

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