A Glossary of Terms in the Free Will Debates

We now have a design for the Glossary page on Information Philosopher and have glossed over 50 terms so far.

See www.informationphilosopher.com/afterwords/glossary/

We announced the new Glossary on the Garden of Forking Paths blog.

The glossary takes advantage of the web to include recursive links to other terms in the glossary, to I-Phi web pages on specific concepts, and external links to Wikipedia or the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy where available.

Each term also has a “Search I-Phi” link which retrieves all the web pages mentioning the search term from the Information Philosopher website.

As an example of how the links to other glosses work, consider the gloss for Ethical Fallacy:

Ethical Fallacy
The Ethical Fallacy is to assume that free choices are restricted to moral decisions. Robert Kane does this, as did Plato and the Scholastics. This is not to deny that moral responsibility is historically intimately connected with free will and even dependent on the existence of free will (for libertarians and broad compatibilists). Any decision can be free. Our freedom to act also includes merely practical, financial, and fiduciary judgments, as well as occasional irrational flip decisions and even misjudgments.

We see that limiting free actions to moral/ethical choices is a form of Restrictivism. Clicking on the Restrictivism link goes to:

Restrictivist theories claim that the number of “free” actions is a tiny fraction of all actions. Robert Kane, for example limits them to rare “self-forming actions” (SFAs) in which weighty and difficult moral decisions are made. Limiting freedom to moral decisions is the ethical fallacy. Peter van Inwagenrestricts free will to cases where the reasons that favor either alternative are not clearly stronger. This is the ancient liberty of indifference. Susan Wolfrestricts free decisions to those made rationally according to “the True and the Good.”

See also – Search I-Phi

Here we see that other restrictivists are Peter van Inwagen and Susan Wolf.

You can click on the Search I-Phi links above. They are active.