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Does Hume undermine determinism?

As a compatibilist, I am drawn to query the inference from “Determinism isn’t justified” to “Free will is possible”. “Free will” is about the capacity to choose, so I think your argument requires an ...
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What is the definition of libertarian free will?

I would like to challenge your terms. They are slightly misleading. Determined action: Nothing in reality is completely determined by the previous causal state. Causes never determine their effects ...
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What is the definition of libertarian free will?

The causal chain is not a necessary property of all philosophic stances. So some libertarians may reject your presupposition. And hence also your premise 1. If you first define the world in a way that ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Determinism is the only scientifically accepted method of prediction. We have some basic laws and we know how they work on matter and energy. Once we know the initial state, we can calculate quite ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Determinism posits that all events follow an unambiguous cause and effect relation. Predictability describes our theoretical and/or practical ability to discover such a cause and effect relations and ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Karl Popper's1 and Michael Scriven's2 theorems are two notable examples that challenge the view that determinism implies predictability. The theorems are roughly as follows: They assume a limited ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Determinism is a belief that physical behavior is 100% predictable without any randomness. A prediction is an action in which the outcome of an event is stated (based on available information) prior ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Classical mechanics as a theory is deterministic. It is based on a simplified model of reality (=determinism). A model with no inaccuracies or uncertainties (or free will). A deterministic system, ...
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Determinism vs prediction

Determinism means that what happens in the future is unambiguously determined by what happened in the past. Predictability means that you can figure out what will happen next based on what happened ...
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How can Determinism be true in light of the Free Will Theorem

It's strange that some consider the Free Will Theorem to have resolved the determinism/free will debate in favor of free will when I would say it's quite the opposite: it has resolved it in favor of ...
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Why would there be anything in determinsm? (hobbyist)

Me two cents ... for what they're worth ... A is a sufficient cause of B means A is always followed by B. A is a necessary cause of B means without A, B can't happen. A is a necessary and suffiicent ...
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Why would there be anything in determinsm? (hobbyist)

Your question has many flaws. X Causing Y Don't In Any Way Mean Y Is Immutable How it can be? The sentence itself said that Y happened. How can Y's happening mean its not happening? There Is Only One ...
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Why would there be anything in determinsm? (hobbyist)

There is no flaw in your argument. The flaw is in the premise. Problems arise only if you assume a deterministic universe. Therefore the only possible conclusion is: A deterministic universe is a ...
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The Mediocrity Principle, The Laws of Nature and Free Will

The mediocrity principle is true The mediocrity principle is a heuristic not a hard and fast rule. And it more or less states the obvious that is that rare examples are rare and that if you took a 1 ...
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Why would there be anything in determinsm? (hobbyist)

If you’re saying static universes are deterministic and deterministic universe are static, I think some interpretations of GWR quantum mechanics can possibly defeat the former and objective time ...
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Why would there be anything in determinsm? (hobbyist)

Your sleep deprived intuition is basically correct. The reason that determinism is such an attractive view, is that basically one arrives at it by universalizing the concept of "causation", ...
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