Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism — Part 1

Posted on December 27, 2014 by

Next week I will be blogging over at flickers of freedom. My first few posts will be on this very topic. That said, the author of the linked post (Prof. Gregg Caruso) shares the opposing view. So, for anyone interested in my dissertation topic (Free Will and Meaning in Life) this is a very good read (even if it’s misguided 😉 )

Happy Holidays,

Scientia Salon

Officalmeby Gregg D. Caruso

[This two-part essay was inspired by the author’s TEDx talk on the same topic, which can be viewed here.] [1]

Contemporary theories of free will tend to fall into one of two general categories, namely, those that insist on and those that are skeptical about the reality of human freedom and moral responsibility. The former category includes libertarian and compatibilist accounts of free will, two general views that defend the reality of free will but disagree on its nature. The latter category includes a family of skeptical views that all take seriously the possibility that human beings do not have free will, and are therefore not morally responsible for their actions in a way that would make them truly deserving of blame and praise for them [2]. The main dividing line between the two pro-free will positions, libertarianism and compatibilism, is best understood in terms…

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