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 My Compatibilist Proposal

Alfred R. Mele

in Free Will and Luck

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195305043
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195305043.003.0007
  My Compatibilist Proposal

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This chapter defends a history-sensitive compatibilist view of free action and moral responsibility against various criticisms by compatibilists (including Daniel Dennett). It constructs a new argument for incompatibilism that makes vivid a problem that luck poses for compatibilism: the zygote argument. It is argued that the zygote argument is much more powerful than more familiar arguments for incompatibilism, and that, even so, compatibilism may survive the attack.

Keywords: compatibilism; Daniel; Dennett; free action; history; incompatibilism; moral responsibility; zygote argument

Chapter.  16182 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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