Responding to the Challenge from Chance: Some Objections

Helen Steward

in A Metaphysics for Freedom

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199552054
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738838 | DOI:
Responding to the Challenge from Chance: Some Objections

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This chapter deals with various objections to the solution to the Challenge from Chance that is offered in the previous chapter. The suggestion that a newly formulated version of the Challenge can simply be raised again against the position offered is considered and rebutted. Objections stemming from so-called ‘Frankfurt-style’ examples are also considered. It is argued that Frankfurt-style examples do not succeed in showing that a power of refrainment is not essential to agency. The idea that the wanted power of refrainment is insufficiently ‘robust’ to constitute anything more than an insignificant ‘flicker of freedom’, as charged by Fischer, is also considered and rejected.

Keywords: Challenge from Chance; Frankfurt; Frankfurt-style examples; power; refrainment; robustness; flicker of freedom; Fischer

Chapter.  17951 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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