It's past time for another installment of the famous Garden of Forking Paths reading group. Y'all will remember the format: a paper gets posted for your reading pleasure, then a commentator, well, comments, and finally we have a free-for-all careful discussion open to all.
I've asked Mark Balaguer to provide us with the paper. Mark's paper will present part of the argument from his forthcoming book, Free Will as an Open Scientific Problem, which provides a naturalistic defense of libertarianism. The paper I've asked Mark to allow us to use appeared in a recent issue of the Southern Journal of Philosophy. The journal has kindly given us permission to post it here. The paper is called "The Metaphysical Irrelevance of the Compatibilism Debate (and, More Generally, of Conceptual Analysis)". I have taken on the onerous task of being the commentator.
Here's here things will unfold. On June 9 I will post Mark's paper (if you're keen, you can find it yourself beforehand); within a week of that date I will post my comments and Mark's response. Then we shall proceed in an orderly fashion to rip Mark to pieces offer constructive criticism.