Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Robert Hanna

Second Advisor

Michael Huemer

Third Advisor

Robert Rupert


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".

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