Supervenient Freedom and the Free Will Deadlock

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Elzein , N & Pernu , T K 2017 , ' Supervenient Freedom and the Free Will Deadlock ' , Disputatio , vol. 9 , no. 45 , pp. 219-243 .

Title: Supervenient Freedom and the Free Will Deadlock
Author: Elzein, Nadine; Pernu, Tuomas K.
Contributor organization: Biosciences
Physiology and Neuroscience (-2020)
Date: 2017-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: Disputatio
ISSN: 0873-626X
Abstract: Supervenient libertarianism maintains that indeterminism may exist at a supervening agency level, consistent with determinism at a subvening physical level. It seems as if this approach has the potential to break the longstanding deadlock in the free will debate, since it concedes to the traditional incompatibilist that agents can only do otherwise if they can do so in their actual circumstances, holding the past and the laws constant, while nonetheless arguing that this ability is compatible with physical determinism. However, we argue that supervenient libertarianism faces some serious problems, and that it fails to break us free from this deadlock within the free will debate.
Subject: Compatibilism
non-reductive physicalism
supervenient libertarianism
611 Philosophy
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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