Freedom, compulsion, and causation

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Abstract

The intuitive notion of cause carries with it the idea of compulsion. When we learn that the dynamical laws are deterministic, we give this a causal reading and imagine our actions compelled to occur by conditions laid down at the beginning of the universe. Hume famously argued that this idea of compulsion is borrowed from experience and illegitimately projected onto regularities in the world. Exploiting the interventionist analysis of causal relations, together with an insight about the degeneracy of one's epistemic relations to one's own actions, I defend a Humean position with regard to the idea of causal compulsion. Although I discuss only compulsion, a similar story could be told about the temporal directedness of causation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalPsyche
Volume13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2007

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Keywords

  • Asymmetry
  • Cartwright
  • Causal phenomenology
  • Causation
  • Compulsion
  • Freedom
  • Hume
  • Intervention
  • Pearl
  • Projection
  • Reflexivity
  • Russell

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Freedom, compulsion, and causation. / Ismael, Jenann -.

In: Psyche, Vol. 13, No. 1, 04.2007, p. 1-11.

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Ismael, J 2007, 'Freedom, compulsion, and causation', Psyche, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1-11.
Ismael, Jenann -. / Freedom, compulsion, and causation. In: Psyche. 2007 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 1-11.
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