Free Will and Moral Responsibility

John Martin Fischer

Edited by David Copp

in The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147797
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785841 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Free Will and Moral Responsibility

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This chapter lays out some of the main views about issues that lie at the intersection of questions about “agency” and ethics: free will, moral responsibility, deliberation, practical reasoning, and the presuppositions of moral judgments. It contends that the doctrine of causal determinism is compatible with a kind of free will that is sufficiently robust to ground moral responsibility. Further, it suggests that there would still be a point to deliberation and practical reasoning in a causally deterministic world, and that a full range of moral judgments could be true in such a world.

Keywords: free will; moral responsibility; causal determinism; alternative possibilities; deliberation; practical reasoning; compatibilism

Chapter.  16076 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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