Metaphysica 12 (2):137-149 (2011)

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Daniel Dennett maintains that regardless of determinism humans are both free to act and have a meaningful existence. Yet Dennett’s compatibilism entails that a felicity-advancing interaction with the world is all that we could wish for, which seems false. I also argue that Dennett’s attempt to define the terms central to this metaphysical debate fails. The weaknesses of Dennett’s case suggest that he is motivated more by his desire to complete the naturalistic project than he is by the pursuit of philosophical coherence
Keywords Dennett  Compatibilism  Incompatibilism  Determinism  Naturalism
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-011-0082-6
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