Do deep self views provide an adequate account of free will and moral responsibility?

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Philosophy

 

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Matthew D

 

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June 17, 2012

 

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Intuitively, is seems sound to suppose that alternate possibilities are necessary for free will and moral responsibility. If a person "could not have done otherwise" then surely he cannot be free or morally responsible. Compatibilists argue against this incompatibilist intuition. It is litigious as to whether they succeed, though this is not the focus of this paper...
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It is litigious as to whether they succeed, though this is not the focus of this paper. Compatibilists must also provide the debate with an adequate alternate account of free will and moral responsibility that is not threatened by determinism. Traditional compatibilist arguments of philosophers like Hobbes fail to present a sufficient testimony of free will...
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