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Determinism and Libertarianism Cannot Coexist

This is a discussion of the libertarians' claim that determinism is false and that people are free and morally responsible., and the determinists' claim that because determinism is true, people are neither free nor morally responsible.

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Determinism and libertarianism cannot coexist, because they are in opposition with regard to free will. Neither free will nor determinism has a consistently agreed meaning, but the main theoretical positions are hard determinism, soft determinism, and libertarianism. Incompatibilism is the view that determinism is incompatible with freedom and moral responsibility. Libertarianism and hard determinism are the major varieties of incompatibilism. Libertarians claim that determinism is false and that people are free and morally responsible. In contrast, hard determinists claim that because determinism is true, people are neither free nor morally responsible. The premise of determinism is that all ...

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Thi answer is a discussion of why determinism and libertarianism cannot coexist because they are in opposition with regard to free will.

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