Ability and responsibility.

  title={Ability and responsibility.},
  author={Peter van Inwagen},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={31 4},
  • Peter van Inwagen
  • Published 1985 in American family physician
T was a time when philosophers would debate the relative merits of the doctrines of "liberty" and "necessity," or, as we should say today, debate whether it is more reasonable to believe in free will or in universal causal determinism. As everyone knows, the parties to this debate shared a premise: that free will and universal causal determinism are incompatible. And, as everyone knows, there arose a philosophical tradition-represented by Hobbes, Hume, Jonathan Edwards, Mill, and Moritz Schlick… CONTINUE READING

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