Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Free will: the free will is, formulated in everyday language, the ability of a subject to choose among alternatives. See also Libet experiments, freedom, subject, individual, determinism, action autonomy, compatibilism.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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McGinn I 135
McGinn: freedom/determinism/Davidson / D-theory: thesis: prior world states are a causally sufficient condition for a specific decision. Freedom is then a certain kind of causal series, namely those in which an appropriate amount of mental precursors occurs.
  Then freedom means, that desires and beliefs have causal effects.
McGinnVsDavidson: his idea of the freedom of action makes no sense, because it looks as if it would be of the same type as any other causality.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

D I
D. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D III
D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D IV
D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990

McG I
C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McG II
C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001


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