Free will and compatibilism

timer Asked: Nov 6th, 2016

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Very few philosophers still believe in free will, although most students and ordinary people do. That is because it is very difficult to deny that our actions can be explained by some combination of genes and environment, or that changes in brain chemistry alter behavior. So, the question is whether it still makes sense to talk about morality. Stace claims that morality and ethics are compatible with determinism, while Pereboom claims they are not, although Pereboom claims that we could still praise and blame people for their actions. What is Stace's argument for compatibilism? How would Pereboom criticize Stace’s solution and argue for incompatibilism? And how could praise and blame still be possible with incompatibilism, according to Pereboom?

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