I have somewhat of a general question.
What exactly is Compatibalism?
As far as I understand, a way of reconciling the contradiction between free will and determinism.
One way of describing it, as far as I understand, is this:
"Free will is to be understood only as freedom from coercion, and anything further is an illusion."
But I don't really understand what "freedom from coercion" means here.
This quote is taken from wikipedia:
This is a good question, and it is easy to answer. "Coercion" here is something like arm-twisting. It is a use of force or the threat of force to cause someone to do something. It takes this kind of force to prevent freewill doing its stuff. Ordinary causation won't do it, according to compatibilism. If my mother tells me to eat my nice soup, and I do it because I am hungry, that is ordinary causation. If my mother tells me to eat my nice soup, because if I don't she will whack me round the ear with her wooden spoon if I don't, that is coercion. It involves force or the threat of force. In this second case, according to compatibilism, I do not eat my nice soup freely. Why? Because what I do is coerced. By the way, "compatibilism" isn't just "freedom from coercion". It is the broader claim that freewill and determination (determinism) are compatible, and there are other versions. In the version you have been thinking about, the compatibilism of freewill and determinism is achieved by making coercion...