Free Will and Two Local Determinisms

Erkenntnis 84 (5):1011-1023 (2019)
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Hudson has formulated two local deterministic theses and argued that both are incompatible with freedom. We argue that Hudson has half the story right. Moreover, reflection on Hudson’s theses brings out an important point for debates about freedom generally: that instead of focusing on the notion of entailment, debates about freedom should focus on the notions of explanation and sourcehood. Hudson’s theses provide an excellent case study for why the latter notions ought to take precedence over the former in debates about freedom.



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Neal Tognazzini
Western Washington University
Andrew Law
University of California, Riverside (PhD)

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