In this episode we look in on the compatibilist camp and its take on the debate as they try to save our free will from a determined universe. Arguments for compatibilism are attractive. Who doesn’t want to think that they have the freedom of will?
Compatibilism has a long and illustrious history when one travels down a road littered with the bruised and battered arguments of the free will debate. Because they do not claim that determinsim is false they are also known as soft determinists. William James came up with that one and he famously accused them of constructing a ‘quagmire of evasion’. That is, they are determinists who can’t accept that it means farewell to freedom so they create incredibly creative arguments to support their claims.
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