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Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life$
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Derk Pereboom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685516.001.0001

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The Prospects for Agent‐Causal Libertarianism

The Prospects for Agent‐Causal Libertarianism

(p.50) 3 The Prospects for Agent‐Causal Libertarianism
Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life

Derk Pereboom

Oxford University Press

This chapter contends first that agent-causal libertarianism avoids the objections raised in the previous chapter against the event-causal and non-causal positions. It then argues that the arguments that attempt to show that agent-causal libertarianism is internally incoherent do not succeed, although several such arguments have some force. The best objection to agent-causal libertarianism is that it is highly implausible that the physical effects of undermined agent-causal decisions reconcile with our best scientific theories, whether these theories are ultimately deterministic or indeterministic.

Keywords:   agent-causal libertarianism, disappearing agent argument, luck objection, causal determinism, quantum mechanics, laws of nature

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