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. 177.