Show Summary Details

p. 806. Scepticism about libertarian freedomlocked

  • Thomas Pink

Abstract

‘Scepticism about libertarian freedom’ explores libertarian freedom. Self-determination appears to take the form of freedom, but is freedom possible? Libertarianism says that when free agents determine how they react, it cannot come from prior external causes. However, many philosophers dispute the existence of libertarian freedom in principle, citing two problems. The randomness problem states that once causal determinism is banished, all that is left is uncontrollable chance. The exercise problem says that libertarian freedom can never actually be exercised, as the causal powers behind free action threaten Libertarianism. Do we abandon Libertarianism or Hobbes? The randomness and exercise problems are very different conundrums, with very different answers.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.