chapter  3
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Vargas’s revisionism

However, Vargas objects that we are not entitled to move directly from these premises to a sceptical conclusion. First, we ought to ask why we should suppose that our folk intuitions are such a good guide to the truth about free will. Moreover, even if they are, we should ask why we cannot simply change our concept of free will, more or less by stipulation. And even if there is some conceptual reason why it cannot be changed stipulatively, what is to stop us simply using the term “free will” to pick out whatever capacities best serve our purposes? (Vargas 2005, 409-17; 2007b, 145-7).