Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The concepts of agency, determinism, compatibility and incompatibility are the stock-in-trade of the free will debate. Stifling debate, however, are commonplace mistakes and oversights related to each of these key concepts. In this dissertation, I focus my attention on three serious but widely unrecognized misunderstandings/mischaracterizations related to each of these key concepts. By identifying and resolving these fundamental problems in the contemporary literature on free will, I hope to open the door for greater progress towards the resolution of one of philosophy's oldest debates, what I call "The Primary Free-Will (In)compatibility Debate".
Demetriou (Mickelson), Kristin Marie, "Free Will Fundamentals: Agency, Determinism, and (In)compatibility" (2012). Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 20.