How to Think about the Problem of Free Will

  title={How to Think about the Problem of Free Will},
  author={Peter van Inwagen},
  journal={The Journal of Ethics},
  • P. Inwagen
  • Published 21 August 2008
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Ethics
In this essay I present what is, I contend, the free-will problem properly thought through, or at least presented in a form in which it is possible to think about it without being constantly led astray by bad terminology and confused ideas. Bad terminology and confused ideas are not uncommon in current discussions of the problem. The worst such pieces of terminology are “libertarian free will” and “compatibilist free will.” The essay consists partly of a defense of the thesis that the use of… 
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