Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I was trying to think of a subject to go with today's title (which I obtained via "choosey" sounds like "Tuesday") and the topic of free will sprung to mind; and having glanced at Physical Indeterminism last year (whilst defending my forthcoming use of Levy's paradox), I've met one logical problem with free will, i.e. how should we think of it? When I freely choose to make a cup of tea, for example, that's not just the expression of my disposition to drink tea. I do have such a disposition (following my previous choices), but in addition I choose to act upon it, using the same faculty that I use when thinking rationally. And the problem is, what's that like? It's not deterministic, and it's not random... Maybe it's a primitive sort of thing, that is hard to describe because, unlike this language (orientated as it is towards physical objects and the dispositions of agents), it originates in a higher realm of being (cf. the brains in the brains-in-vats scenarios); maybe not, of course, but if not then surely we ought to be able to say something more about what it is like (unless we're content to reduce it to physics): ...So, I'm wondering if anyone happens to know of a readable account (time being all spoken for, at this time of the term), not so much of this problem, but of a plausible (and non-reductive, and non-mystical) solution?