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.
|Title of host publication||Reid on Ethics|
|Place of Publication||Hampshire|
|Number of pages||272|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Philosophers in Depth|