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Determinism and Responsibility

J. R. LUCAS

in The Freedom of the Will

Published in print September 1970 | ISBN: 9780198243434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.003.0006
Determinism and Responsibility

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There are two reasons why we feel that determinism defeats responsibility. It dissolves the agent's ownership of his actions: and it precludes their being really explicable in terms of their rationale. If determinism is true, then my actions are no longer really my actions, and they can no longer be regarded as having been done for reasons rather than causes.

Keywords: determinism; responsibility; actions; agents

Chapter.  941 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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