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What is the difference between compatibilism and determinism?

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October 30, 2007 5:29PM

Compatibilism argues that both "free will" and "determinism" are compatible and if you believe in one, then you don't necessarily disbelieve in the other.

Free will says that a person can do, think, react as they please without restraint because no-one or thing can alter those actions, however, Determinism states that individuals do, think and react because there is an unbroken chain- that spans indefinitely, of prior events.