Free will revisited

In a previous post I set out my position on the topic of free will. It’s a view called compatibilism, which is commonplace in philosophical circles and mostly unknown everywhere else. Compatibilism remains my position, but nowadays I find it more useful to come at the topic from a different direction. In this post I shall write less about the view I hold, and more about some mistakes of reasoning that can lead to other views.

These mistakes have a peculiar property: they are most effective at tripping up smart people, and all the more so when smart people put quality time and effort into falling for them. They do not, as a rule, confuse the person on the street. Continue reading