Thomas Reid on Determinism

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Abstract

This chapter analyses Reid's criticisms of the a number of arguments for determinism: (1) an argument from the inconceivability of free will, (2) an argument from the incompatibility of free will and the influence of motives, (3) an argument from the principle of sufficient reason, (4) an argument from the notion that vfreedom excludes causation, (5) an argument from divine foreknowledge. The conclusion of the paper is that, given his criticisms of these arguments, Reid was justified in believing in libertarian freedom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReid on Ethics
EditorsSabine Roeser
Place of PublicationHampshire
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages123-142
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780230219694
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePhilosophers in Depth
Number2

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Determinism
Thomas Reid
Free Will
Criticism
Omniscience
Principle of Sufficient Reason
Causation

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van Woudenberg, R. (2010). Thomas Reid on Determinism. In S. Roeser (Ed.), Reid on Ethics (pp. 123-142). (Philosophers in Depth; No. 2). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
van Woudenberg, R. / Thomas Reid on Determinism. Reid on Ethics. editor / Sabine Roeser. Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. pp. 123-142 (Philosophers in Depth; 2).
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van Woudenberg, R 2010, Thomas Reid on Determinism. in S Roeser (ed.), Reid on Ethics. Philosophers in Depth, no. 2, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, pp. 123-142.

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