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Free will, agency, and life


2009 2009

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Compatibilists and incompatibilists disagree about the impact of two conditions for free will: the condition of alternative possibilities and the source condition. I argue that free will is incompatible with determinism because of the source condition. Whether or not free will requires alternative possibilities, a free agent must be the physical and mental source of his own actions but an agent cannot be the physical source of his actions in a fully deterministic world. However, unlike libertarian incompatibilists, I do not think that free will is compatible with indeterminism, either. Rather, I offer a hypothetical conditional account of how libertarian free will might be realized in the actual world. If life is naturally teleological or naturally intentional, then human beings would realize the physical source condition in the actual world, and assuming that human beings also meet the mental source condition, libertarian free will would be possible.

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Subject
Philosophy
Classification
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Agency; Free will; Life
Title
Free will, agency, and life
Author
Fleming, Lark E.
Number of pages
80
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0051
Source
MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109146424
Advisor
Hanna, Robert
Committee member
Huemer, Michael; Rupert, Robert
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department
Philosophy
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1464498
ProQuest document ID
304868488
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304868488/abstract
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