Note on Agency

William Hasker notes in ‘The Emergent Self’ that:

‘Mechanistic causation and mechanastic explanation are fundamentally nonteleological.’ (p. 63)

In light of this, which I take to be a fairly accurate description of mechanistic philosophy, there cannot be a fully mechanistic account of human action. Human action, and freedom/freedom of the will, require a telos, an end, a purpose, and any account which denies any of those things will ultimately fail to be coherent.