Incompatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action

Alfred R. Mele

in Autonomous Agents

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195150438
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869091 | DOI:
 Incompatibilist Autonomy and Autonomous Action

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Develops a modest libertarian view that avoids traditional libertarians’ problems with luck and control. Ultimate and proximal control are distinguished; Galen Strawson's regress argument against libertarianism is criticized; a libertarian account of how we become free, autonomous agents is developed; and a set of sufficient conditions for libertarian autonomy is offered. Those conditions are the compatibilist conditions defended in Ch. 10 together with a new condition that introduces a specialized indeterminism into the deliberative process.

Keywords: agency; autonomy; control; deliberation; free agent; indeterminism; libertarianism; luck; Galen Strawson

Chapter.  15606 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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