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Problems for Libertarians

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195150438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150430.003.0011
 Problems for Libertarians

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Identifies the main problems facing libertarians – incompatibilists who believe that there are free, autonomous, morally responsible agents. The main problems revolve around luck and control. Libertarians need to explain how the same actions can be both free and explicable and how indeterminism contributes to freedom, autonomy, and moral responsibility. It is shown that although the so‐called “Mind argument” is not a problem for libertarians, a variant of it is, and Robert Kane's libertarianism is criticized.

Keywords: autonomy; control; freedom; incompatibilism; indeterminism; Robert Kane; libertarianism; luck; Mind argument; moral responsibility

Chapter.  9537 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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