The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism
Van Inwagen (Peter)
Source: Watson - Free Will - Oxford Readings
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  1. In this paper I shall define a thesis I shall call 'determinism', and argue that it is incompatible with the thesis that we are able to act otherwise than we do (i.e., is incompatible with 'free will').
  2. Other theses, some of them very different from what I shall call 'determinism', have at least an equal right to this name, and, therefore, I do not claim to show that every thesis that could be called 'determinism' without historical impropriety is incompatible with free will. I shall, however, assume without argument that what I call 'determinism' is legitimately so called.
    1. In Part I, I shall explain what I mean by 'determinism'.
    2. In Part II, I shall make some remarks about 'can'.
    3. In Part III, I shall argue that free will and determinism are incompatible.
    4. In Part IV, I shall examine some possible objections to the argument of Part III.
  3. I shall not attempt to establish the truth or falsity of determinism, or the existence or nonexistence of free will.

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