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While modifying our intuitions about freewill and determinism are a prerequisite for understanding compatibilism, the intersection of the two views is probably the most counter-intuitive. We start with common, but fallacious belief that freewill and determinism are inherently incompatible. The first hurdle here is the historic, almost axiomatic, philosophical tradition of a volition/ determinism dichotomy. In fact, to many philosophers this is true by definition. Many objections to determinism are not against determinism per se, but are based on a supposed contradiction with freewill: They take freewill as a given, as axiomatic (we can feel or know it intuitively; or we simply must have freewill lest life without it would not be worth living), assume a contradiction, and conclude that determinism must "break down" when it comes to freewill. Other objection arise from the false claims that deterministic beings cannot possibly discover objective truth, and that freewill is a prerequisite to, rather than a feature of, intelligence. With the contradiction between freewill and determinism eliminated, these objections fall away.

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