A Debate Or Verbal Disagreement

What for? Because his choice emanates from his values, preferences and reflections, all of which are important ingredients for making a choice. Why aren`t they easy enough to make him a free agent? Many compatibilists believe that thought experiments like this prove that free will does not require you to be able to choose other options. The debate on free will is therefore less about determinism and libertarianism than about compatibilism and incompatibility. This indicates that when we are faced with an exhausting debate on the subject, we should really start with the question of what the debaters really want from a general acceptance of their respective positions. In the Middle Ages, the function of the debate was quite clear; if divine pre-knowledge was strictly deterministic, then exhortations to faith and action were superfluous. . . .

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