Is this causal role the “agency” of libertarian free will? Or is it more like Douglas Hofstadter’s “strange loopiness”?
Full disclosure, I’m a determinist and when I try to unpack agency I inevitably end up at “uncaused” or “soul” or “mystery” or “non physical” or “dimensions 5 through 11 of string theory resolving quantum indeterminacy” (sarcasm alert). Or how about this gem: “To account for free will, we have to appeal to the agency of what Kant called a “noumenal self” outside space and time that could not be studied in scientific terms.” And one I just came across from Robert Kane: an emergent property of a chaotic system. Which simply seems to substitute unknown mystery with “emergent property….”
I understand the argument for compatibilism but it strikes me as more of a conversational ploy… a cop out.
Are you back at school yet?