The Ohio State University. Department of Philosophy Honors Theses; 2009
Peter van Inwagen, in his classic argument “The Incompatibility of Responsibility and Determinism,” argues that a causally determined world could not contain people with moral responsibility. I argue that of the two inference rules he employs in this argument, one (Transfer NR) is questionable and one (Rule A) is severely deficient. With these challenges, I aim to defend the compatibilist stance, by showing that this powerful and longstanding argument fails.