[quote author=“StephenLawrence”]I think you inadvertaintly believe in a special magic power as an atheist, just as the theists who believe in free will do.
Ok let’s analyis this and see.
You started by disagreeing with Susan Blackmore for the following reason.
[quote author=“Dougsmith”]I would prefer to say that we do have freedom of the will. How so? What I mean is that we are able to act based upon our beliefs and desires. That is what it is to be free to act.
Ok well I think we can agree on this and that sometimes we are in circumstances where we have a greater or lesser degree of freedom in this sense.
This type of freedom has nothing to do with whether we could do anything else at the time or not, we have it regardless of whether hard determinism is true or not.
All we need to be free, I claim, is that “it might not have happened”. That is, that if we’d had different beliefs and desires, we would have done something different.
Now you are claiming we need something else to have free will.
You actually believe in two different types of free will.
1. A type that we have varying degrees of depending on whether we are able to match our actions to our beliefs and desires. this type has nothing to do with whether something else could have happened or not and would not make us responsible for our actions.
2. A type of free will that does depend on it being possible for something else to have happened.
This second type is what you base your belief that we are responsible for our actions on.
of course it would not be enough for it to be possible for something else to have happened, if we didn’t have the power to make something else happen, it would make no difference. You believe it makes a difference so you believe in this power
This second type of free will you believe in is contra-causal free will or the type of free will that comes from Christianity and Judaism, otherwise known as free choice.
You’ve stopped believing in God but as most other Atheists do kept the elements of religious belief that you like, regardless of the fact that there is no more and it could be argued less evidence for the existence of this second type of free will that you believe in, than for the existence of God.
The unusual thing about faith in the second type of free will is that it is a faith, most people, like you, aren’t aware that they have.