I'm aware of the compatibilist attitude by some philosophers, such as Hegel and Daniel Dennet. I am interested in some philosophers who are firm determinists (deny free will).

  • You'll have to be more specific, "free will" is too vague a term to mean much without elaboration. On many accounts Hegel and Dennet deny "free will", it is mostly a matter of verbiage. Wikipedia lists some names under "hard determinism"
    – Conifold
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 20:14
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    here is another way to ask: "which traditional philosophers happen to agree with Sam Harris on free will ? (admitting he is not a conventionally recognized philosopher)
    – amphibient
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 20:28
  • The linked text does not really explain Harris's use so you better explain it in the post. From what I can tell there isn't much difference between him and Dennett aside from choices in phrasing.
    – Conifold
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 23:35
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    Yes, and the difference amounts to Dennett calling "free will" what Harris calls "no free will", and both explaining how we come to be misguided about the matter. To get somewhere describe your understanding of the difference in the post.
    – Conifold
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 23:55
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    You might find an answer there plato.stanford.edu/entries/incompatibilism-arguments Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 16:18

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Galen Strawson, Richard Double, Ted Honderich, Derek Pereboom, Saul Smilansky. For links to further on these, see 2nd paragraph here.

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