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Increasing Control

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.003.0003
Increasing Control

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The possibility of control over our actions is usually discussed in terms of the perennial and inconclusive dispute between determinists, libertarians, and compatibilists. This chapter makes a new start by defending a new version of the compatibilist view, called the variable approach, which rejects an assumption underlying all three of the traditional views. The question is not whether we have some control over our actions but whether we can increase the control we have. We can increase our control because we can correct our mistaken attitudes that lead to misguided actions.

Keywords: determinism; libertarianism; compatibilism; the variable approach; increasing control; attitudes; critical reflection

Chapter.  7300 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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