Counterfactuals, Compatibilism, and Rational Choice

11/24/2021; 71 minutes

There is a puzzle about counterfactuals that parallels a more familiar puzzle about free will. The familiar puzzle is the apparent incompatibility between free will and determinism. Robert Stalnaker, Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues, first, that the general puzzle gives us reason to look more closely at the details of the semantics for counterfactuals, and second, that the parallel with the standard argument for incompatibilism (labeled 'the Consequence Argument') gives us reason to look more closely at the central role of counterfactuals in practical reasoning. Recorded on 10/27/2021. (#37310)

Like what you learn?

Donate to UCTV to support informative & inspiring programming.

Links & Resources


Subscribe to receive email notifications about featured videos.
(c)2020 Regents of the University of California. All right reserved. Terms and Conditions of Use.