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Absolutely prolonged and revised, A spouse to Metaphysics 2d Edition features a component of special evaluation essays from popular metaphysicians, and the addition of greater than 30 new encyclopedic entries, taking the variety of entries to over three hundred.

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In the eighteenth century, with Newtonian physics in mind, LaPlace famously imagined that a superintelligence, knowing all the forces of nature and the exact positions and momenta of particles at any one time, could predict with certainty every future event in the minutest detail. Today it is customary to distinguish predictability or this sort from determinism. For it is known that even in some classical physical systems (such as those that exhibit chaotic behavior), future behavior may not be predictable, even though such systems continue to be deterministic.

Davidson and Lewis. ) 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.

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