6On Libertarianism as an Explanatory HypothesisSouthwest Philosophy Review 35 (2): 91-110. 2019.Recently, several libertarian philosophers have argued that we appear free on the basis of widespread experience, and that this appearance justifies believing that we enjoy libertarian free will (e.g. Pink 2004 and Swinburne 2013). Such arguments have a long history in philosophy but have been easily dismissed on one of two grounds: either the appearance of freedom does not exist, or else it is an illusion. In this paper, I argue that although presentations of the argument have been historical…Read more
22Indeterministic intuitions and the Spinozan strategyMind and Language 33 (3): 280-298. 2018.This article focuses on philosophical views that attempt to explain widespread belief in indeterministic choice by following a strategy that harkens back at least to Spinoza. According to this Spinozan strategy, people draw an inference from the absence of experiences of determined choice to the belief in indeterministic choice. Accounts of this kind are historically liable to overgeneralization. The pair of accounts defended in Shaun Nichols’ recent book, Bound: Essays on Free Will and Responsi…Read more
665Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, by Alfred R. MeleTeaching Philosophy 38 (3): 354-358. 2015.
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Old Dominion UniversityAssistant Professor
Ohio State University
Department of Philosophy
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America