Lehrer and the consequence argument

The consequence argument of van Inwagen is widely regarded as the best argument for incompatibilism. Lewis’s response is praised by van Inwagen as the best compatibilist’s strategy but Lewis himself acknowledges that his strategy resembles that of Lehrer. A comparison will show that one can speak ab...

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Published in:Philosophical studies : an international journal for philosophy in the analytic tradition, Vol. 161, No. 1 (2012), p. 77-86
Main Author: Šuster, Danilo
Format: electronic Article
Language:English
ISSN:1573-0883
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1007/s11098-012-9942-3
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  • The consequence argument of van Inwagen is widely regarded as the best argument for incompatibilism. Lewis’s response is praised by van Inwagen as the best compatibilist’s strategy but Lewis himself acknowledges that his strategy resembles that of Lehrer. A comparison will show that one can speak about Lehrer–Lewis strategy, although I think that Lewis’s variation is dialectically slightly stronger. The paper provides a response to some standard objections of incompatibilists to the Lehrer–Lewis reply.