My congratulations to all concerned on the launch of “Flickers of Freedom”. I look forward to reading and participating in its discussions. My only reservation (and the reason I didn’t engage the first discussion) is that I’m afraid I don’t know what a “Flicker of Freedom” is supposed to be.
I had a similar problem with “The Garden of Forking Paths”. Both titles seem to me empty metaphors: placeholders for concepts never made clear, promissory notes for arguments that are never delivered. I would suggest that if we are to make progress in this field we need to hit “reset” and try for that clarity that philosophers are supposed to prize.
If determinism were true, we would lack free will. So say incompatibilists, some of whom quickly add that it wouldn't really matter, since we would still be morally responsible. But never mind the mattering and moral responsibility part. I'm interested in the first part: the claim that we would lack free will. I want to know why. I want to know how.