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Posted inPhilosophy

Debating Free Will with Verbose Stoic

Reading Time: 10 minutes I sent regular theistic commenter Verbose Stoic (VS) a chapter I was once commissioned to write by John W. Loftus for his anthology Christianity in the Light of Science. VS has written a lengthy critique on his blog here. I have commented a few times there already in answer to some initial grumbles from reading […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Analysing Breuer’s Account of Free Will

Reading Time: 3 minutes Thanks to Luke Breuer for producing his piece on free will the other day and how he thinks you can shoehorn in some level of freedom in a very deterministically constrained reality. First and foremost, please read my piece “Free Will: “We are influenced, but not determined” – the 80-20% approach invalidated”. In it, I […]

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Free Will: Constrained, But Not Completely?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here is a gratefully received guest post from Luke Breuer, a commenter here with very nuanced theistic tendencies. I asked him to put his thoughts on free will together both in light of my recent pieces arguing against Richard Carrier as well as the fact that we have argued over the years ourselves on this […]

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Responding to Carrier on Free Will (III): Syllogisms, Laypeople & Christians

Reading Time: 18 minutes Recently, I introduced you to the first piece in my response to Richard Carrier as follows: One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A […]

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Responding to Carrier on Free Will (II): Intention

Reading Time: 8 minutes Yesterday, I introduced you to the first piece in my response to Richard Carrier as follows: One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A […]

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Responding to Carrier on Free Will (I): Control

Reading Time: 10 minutes One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A Syllogism for Determinism“. His article was built on the foundation of a previous one: “Free […]

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Pearced Off! #8 – The Kalam and Free Will as Not Compatible

Reading Time: < 1 minute I am running a series of the old podcast segments from my Pearced Off! section of the Skepticule Podcast (a British skepticism-based podcast now on hiatus) that I used to contribute to. Some of the earlier ones have some quieter audio. Apologies. They run at around ten minutes. Something to keep you company outside of Netflix and the […]

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