Category Archives: Free Will

The Principle of Disjunctive Causation and Sufficiency.

X is sufficient for Y if and only if, if X then Y. C is sufficient for AvB (Principle of Disjunctive Causation) If C is sufficient for AvB, then C is sufficient for A. Therefore, C is sufficient for A. … Continue reading

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Buridan’s Ass and Libertarianism

A friend was suggesting to me (very) recently that a libertarian agent choosing between two commensurable and equivalent goods seems to be in a Buridan’s Ass situation. I hadn’t heard (or don’t recall ever having heard) of this principle or paradox … Continue reading

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God’s Providence over history and the causal relations of the disjuncts of disjunctive causes

God is in control of world history. However, world history seems to be comprised of one creature’s libertarian free will after another, none of which are directly in God’s control (i.e., Molinism is false, and even if God is in … Continue reading

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Some Distinctions in the Free Will debate: ‘random’ & ‘determined’

I’ve been thinking about libertarianism a lot lately, thanks to some who have pressed me on the issue. I don’t know if much progress can be made quickly, because every time I discuss the issue with them I feel as … Continue reading

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Stopping an infinite regress of sufficient reasons for acting libertarian-freely

Suzy libertarian-freely chooses A, given the choice between A and B, and does so for Reasons R. Had Suzy libertarian-freely chosen B, she would have done so for reasons R*. R and R* are distinct, and possibly incommensurable. Now, in … Continue reading

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Incommensurable good of creation and not-creation

I take it that, all things being equal, were two worlds W1 and W2 feasible for God to create, and W1 involved either more people going to heaven or fewer people going to Hell, where the number of people in … Continue reading

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The Principle of Disjunctive Causation and Libertarian Free Will

So one of the problems advanced against libertarian accounts of free will is that while perhaps Suzy’s doing A for some set of reasons R, given the choice between A and B, may be explained, it isn’t explained why Suzy … Continue reading

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Examining an argument against the Existence of God from the incoherence of Libertarian accounts of free will

Somebody sent me this argument earlier today: 1. Libertarian free will is incoherent.2. If LFW is incoherent, then God does not have LFW.3. If God does not have LFW, God’s actions are either determined or random.4. If God’s actions are … Continue reading

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The PSR and Libertarian-Freedom; Contrastive Questions and Causal Stories

 This is how philosophers should greet each other: “Take your time!” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein I want to recapitulate some of the arguments I recently presented in a discussion I had with a number of people at once on Skype (all of whom … Continue reading

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Free Will and Secular Orthodoxy

Robert P. George interestingly observes the following about free will (recently brought to my attention), which a secular humanist might be expected to dogmatically reject. “Christian philosophers such as Germain Grisez, Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., and Olaf Tollefsen have rigorously … Continue reading

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