You may have noticed a drop off in posts recently. It was due to my focusing on my first MA essay to meet the deadline for yesterday. The next one is due 20th April so I should have some more time for blogging for a while.
The topic was:
‘One essential difference between persons and other creatures is to be found in the structure of a person’s will.’ Is this correct?
I can send out a copy of it to interested 4AoSers. All I ask is that you don't all email me at once, for you will surely jam my inbox. (David: I've just sent you your copy. Alan: you're next)
Here's a taster:
Libertarians argue free will requires that agents could have behaved differently, that they have access to genuine alternative possibilities. Frankfurt calls this the Principle of Alternative Possibilities (PAP), and rejects it. As a compatibilist, he argues that determinism is compatible with free will; a person enjoys freedom of the will when he has the freedom to will the will he wants. A person acting according to the will he wants is acting freely, and as such can be held responsible for his actions: “It is in securing the conformity of his will to his second order volitions, then, that a person exercises freedom of the will.”
Result in 2 weeks!
(If you don't see an announcement on 4AoS by 24th March, you can safely assume things didn't go well)