Active Control and Causation

Randolph Clarke

in Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195159875
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835010 | DOI:
 Active Control and Causation

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Noncausal libertarian accounts allow that a basic free action may be uncaused and have no internal causal structure. Views of this type advanced by Carl Ginet and Hugh McCann are evaluated here. These views fail to provide adequate accounts of the active control that is exercised when one acts freely and of the reason-explanation of free actions. Any satisfactory account of these phenomena must invoke causation.

Keywords: action; causal theory of action; causation; control; free action; Carl Ginet; Hugh McCann; noncausal libertarian accounts; reason-explanation

Chapter.  7114 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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