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In this episode, Derk Pereboom explains the manipulation argument—an argument that aims at showing that determinism and free will are incompatible. After walking us through his widely discussed “Four-Case Argument,” Derk summarizes Alfred Mele’s “Zygote Argument” and responds to a variety of objections to manipulation arguments.
Derk’s recent book, Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life :
Mele’s “Zygote Argument” can be found in chapter 7 of Free Will and Luck:
McKenna’s Hard-Line Reply: