Mind 111 (442):201-223 (2002)

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Helen Beebee
University of Manchester
Alfred Mele
Florida State University
Abstract
Humean compatibilism is the combination of a Humean position on laws of nature and the thesis that free will is compatible with determinism. This article's aim is to situate Humean compatibilism in the current debate among libertarians, traditional compatibilists, and semicompatibilists about free will. We argue that a Humean about laws can hold that there is a sense in which the laws of nature are 'up to us' and hence that the leading style of argument for incompatibilism?the consequence argument?has a false premiss. We also display some striking similarities between Humean compatibilism and libertarianism, an incompatibilist view. For example, standard libertarians face a problem about luck, and we show that Humean compatibilists face a very similar problem.
Keywords Compatibilism  Determinism  Free Will  Law  Libertarianism  Metaphysics  Hume  Lewis, D
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DOI 10.1093/mind/111.442.201
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