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The Fall of the Mind Argument and Some Lessons about Freedom

E. J. Coffman and Donald Smith

in Action, Ethics, and Responsibility

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014731
eISBN:
9780262289276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014731.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter offers a new criticism of the Mind argument that is both decisive and instructive. It introduces a plausible principle (γ) that places a requirement on one’s having a choice about an ... More


Problems for Libertarians

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents: From Self-Control to Autonomy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195150438
eISBN:
9780199869091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195150430.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Identifies the main problems facing libertarians – incompatibilists who believe that there are free, autonomous, morally responsible agents. The main problems revolve around luck and control. ... More


Revisiting the Mind Argument

Alicia Finch

in Being, Freedom, and Method: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter van Inwagen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780198715702
eISBN:
9780191783401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715702.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion

In An Essay on Free Will, van Inwagen argued that the consequence argument is valid if and only if the Mind argument is. After McKay and Johnson (1996) demonstrated the invalidity of the consequence ... More


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