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Totally prolonged and revised, A significant other to Metaphysics second Edition contains a portion of particular evaluate essays from well known metaphysicians, and the addition of greater than 30 new encyclopedic entries, taking the variety of entries to over three hundred.

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Al t ernative possibi l i t i es and moral responsibi l i t y A more radical compatibilist challenge to the Consequence Argument consists in denying altogether the assumption that “free will requires the power to do otherwise, or alternative possibilities”. Call this assumption AP (for “alternative possibilities”). If AP is false – if free will does not in fact require the power to do otherwise – then the Consequence Argument, it is argued, would also fail to show that free will and determinism are not compatible.

A criterion of application for a general term tells us what it applies to. In other words, it determines the extension of the term: the SET of entities all and only the members of which are correctly described by the term, such as the set of cats in the case of the sortal term “cat” and the set of red things in the case of the adjectival term “red”. A criterion of identity for a sortal term tells us what determines whether or not one thing that the term applies to is the same as, or numerically identical with, another thing that the term applies to: whether or not, for instance, the cat that is now sitting on the mat is the same cat as the cat that was formerly sleeping on the sofa.

Compatibilism remains popular among philosophers and scientists today for similar reasons. By contrast, incompatibilists of the modern era, such as James, regard compatibilism as a “quagmire of evasion” or a “wretched subterfuge”, as Kant called the compatibilism of Hobbes and Hume. Compatibilists also characteristically warn against confusing determinism with fatalism, the view that whatever is going to happen, is going to happen, no matter what we do. Compatibilists, such as Mill, argue that what we decide and what we do will make a difference to how things turn out, even if determinism should be true.

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