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Existence of counterfactuals (looking for libertarian free will perspective)

Counterfactuals are events that may occur, but often don't. Such a concept tends to accompany the libertarian free will position, since if there is a free choice among alternatives, then this ...
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Is the existence of free will even important?

I don't see the existence/non-existence of free will as meaningful, ethically speaking. I'll explain what I mean. Let's say we have some agent, and the agent takes an action we think is bad. In a ...
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Libertarian free will and major decisions

I seem to remember some philosophers who believe in LFW posit that it only comes into play with major life decisions; you may not consciously decide to raise a forkful to your mouth, but you might ...
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Does compatibilism redefine free will?

In an essay titled "How to Think about the Problem of Free Will", Peter van Inwagen writes: ‘free will’, ‘incompatibilist free will’, ‘compatibilist free will’, and ‘libertarian free will’ ...
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Does "ought-implies-can" have to be taken for a universal material implication?

I was thinking of Quine's "change the logic, change the subject," saying, and thought over "change the deontic logic, change the deontic subject," and so then I wondered if deontic ...
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Are there examples in the literature of rigorous mathematical models of libertarian free will that take the laws of physics into account?

What I'm looking for is a detailed description of the decision-making process of an agent that possesses libertarian free will, when this agent is on the verge of making a choice, at some time t. For ...
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What is character, and what role does it play in the decision making of an agent, according to proponents of libertarian free will?

I understand libertarian free will as an agent's ability to choose otherwise, or having more than one course of action available to them, when making a choice at time t, given a fixed past up to t. ...
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How is decision making under libertarian free will meant to work?

Sorry if this question is stupid or answered in another post but I really can't imagine how people who believe in libertarian free will think decision making happens. If I am meant to choose between 2 ...
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Does libertarian free will necessarily choose the same thing every time?

Suppose libertarian free will exists. Say that a person is presented with choices A and B, and she chooses A. Then, her memory is wiped, and her brain, body, and surrounding conditions are reset to ...
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Do probability and statistics apply to the decisions of an agent with libertarian free will?

Do probability and statistics apply to libertarian free agents? Can a libertarian free agent have a statistical tendency towards certain decisions? Would it make sense to say, for example, that there ...
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Is libertarian free will a necessary condition for moral responsibility? [duplicate]

Does it make sense to hold a rock morally responsible for falling downhill due to the law of gravity and crushing somebody's head? Likewise, does it make sense to hold humans morally responsible for ...
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Free will: is reality a record, a game or unpredictable?

If a world is a record (a film), then this scenario does not have conditional rules, i.e., if it can be implemented as a computer program, it will not have "if ... then ..." commands. If a world is a ...
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What other theistic positions support open theism besides Christianity?

Open theism is a libertarian view of free will claiming that God’s omniscience does not extend to knowing the actual choices of free human agents. It is a theory of “dynamic omniscience”. This ...
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Hume and Strawson on Libertarianism and Determinism

a) What is the traditional dispute between libertarianism and determinism, and how does Hume reconcile the two? b) What is Strawson’s claim to be an improvement on Hume?
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Can we characterize libertarianism without assuming moral realism?

In the discussion about free will, moral realism and libertarianism go hand in hand. It seems that libertarian free will is assumed to be what we need to “attach” moral responsibility to certain ...
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Does omniscience negate free will?

If a tri-omni being knows what you're exactly going to do, then you can't do anything other than what he already knows you'll do. Further, if a tri-omni being created this reality in which things ...
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Is there a middle ground between determinism and libertarianism?

Is it possible that we live in a universe where some things are truly deterministic and other truly random and the difference between those two things is how their particles are arranged? For example,...
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Is there evidence for existence of destiny as opposed to free will?

Is there any evidence for the existence of some kind of "destiny"? And if not: What about the "free will", its very much the opposite of destiny. Lets assume, our brain really is "only" an input-...
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