Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Laura Hagen
Through evaluating Hilary Bok’s argument from her essay Freedom and Practical Reason, I hope to shed light on the overall question of whether we can have free will if determinism is true. In the first two chapters I will fully explain and break down Bok’s argument for genuine epistemic alternatives. In chapter three I will evaluate the success of Bok’s arguments. Specifically, I will offer a variety of intuitive examples to show that epistemic unpredictability is not enough to make our alternatives genuine. I will then use more examples to consider the relative importance of unpredictability and endorsement to free will.
Hagen, Laura, "Free Will, Genuine Alternatives and Predictability" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. Paper 177.