David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Acta Analytica 19 (33):45-54 (2004)
Modal arguments for incompatibility of freedom and determinism are typically based on the “transfer principle” for inability to act otherwise (Beta). The principle of agglomerativity (closure under conjunction introduction) is derivable from Beta. The most convincing counterexample to Beta is based on the denial of Agglomeration. The defender of the modal argument has two ways to block counterexamples to Beta: (i) use a notion of inability to act otherwise which is immune to the counterexample to agglomerativity; (ii) replace Beta with a logically stronger principle Beta 2. I argue that the second strategy fails because the strengthened principle and Agglomeration together entail Beta. So this strategy makes sense only if Beta 2 is applied without Agglomeration. But if Beta 2 is used without Agglomeration, then the incompatibilist will undercut the rationale for the premise of his argument. I illustrate this point with the analysis of Warfield (1996) and his use of Beta 2 in the so called direct argument for incompatibilism.
|Keywords||Determinism Freedom Incompatibilism Metaphysics Necessity Transfer Warfield, T|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Niki Pfeifer & G. D. Kleiter (2006). Towards a Probability Logic Based on Statistical Reasoning. In Proceedings of the 11th IPMU Conference (Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems. 9.
Niki Pfeifer & G. D. Kleiter (2006). Towards a Probability Logic Based on Statistical Reasoning. In Proceedings of the 11 T H Ipmu International Conference (Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems). 2308--2315.
Sun-Joo Shin (1999). Reconstituting Beta Graphs Into an Efficacious System. Journal of Logic, Language and Information 8 (3):273-295.
Andreas Weiermann (1993). Bounds for the Closure Ordinals of Essentially Monotonic Increasing Functions. Journal of Symbolic Logic 58 (2):664-671.
Ted A. Warfield (2000). The Irrelevance of Indeterministic Counterexamples to Principle Beta. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (1):173 - 184.
Thomas Jech & Saharon Shelah (1996). Possible PCF Algebras. Journal of Symbolic Logic 61 (1):313-317.
Thomas M. Crisp & Ted A. Warfield (2000). The Irrelevance of Indeterministic Counterexamples to Principle Beta. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (1):173-185.
William J. Mitchell (2004). A Weak Variation of Shelah's I[Ω₂]. Journal of Symbolic Logic 69 (1):94-100.
Erik Carlson (2003). Counterexamples to Principle Beta: A Response to Crisp and Warfield. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (3):730-737.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads25 ( #68,830 of 1,100,860 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #115,533 of 1,100,860 )
How can I increase my downloads?