Free will, determinism, and the theory of important criteria

Inquiry 12 (1-4):317-38 (1969)
Abstract
The Theory of Important Criteria is used to argue that the age?old problem of the compatibility of free will and determinism turns on the question of the importance of causal indeterminacy of choice as a criterion of being able to do otherwise. One's answer to this question depends in turn on one's evaluation of certain moral issues and of the force and significance of certain similes, analogies and diagrams in terms of which one can ?depict? a deterministic universe. It is further argued that the problem of free will and determinism is not a pseudo?problem, but a genuine problem that is hard to solve because of the depth and complexity of the evaluative issues on which it hangs
Keywords Causality  Choice  Criteria  Determinism  Free Will  Metaphysics  Value  Smart, J
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