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These modern skeptics about free will are aware that, with the advent of quantum physics in the twentieth century, it is far less clear that the physical world is the deterministic system imagined by classical Newtonian physics. In the eighteenth century, with Newtonian physics in mind, LaPlace famously imagined that a superintelligence, knowing all the forces of nature and the exact positions and momenta of particles at any one time, could predict with certainty every future event in the minutest detail.

The point is exactly parallel to one that may be made concerning adjectival terms and concepts or, more generally, predicates and predicative concepts: that they may, but need not, designate anything. For example, it is natural to suppose that “red” denotes a certain color property or quality, redness. But, for familiar reasons, it may disputed whether there really are any color properties at all. It would, of course, be quite extravagant to suppose that cats don’t exist, but the history of human thought is replete with examples of sortal terms that failed to designate anything, such as “mermaid”, “dragon”, “unicorn”, and “centaur”.

Appeals such as these, and other appeals by libertarians to uncaused causes or unmoved movers, have invited charges of obscurity or mystery against libertarian views of free will by their opponents. Even some of the greatest defenders of libertarianism, such as Kant, have argued that we need to believe in libertarian freedom to make sense of morality and true responsibility. But we cannot completely understand such a freedom in theoretical and scientific terms. qxd 1/12/09 3:04 PM Page 25 f ree will compatible with determinism, it does not seem to be compatible with indeterminism either.

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