The Retreat to the Inner Citadel

Neil Levy

in Hard Luck

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199601387
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729256 | DOI:
The Retreat to the Inner Citadel

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Chapter 7 aims to undermine the view that seeks to preserve moral responsibility by cutting the ties between agents and the world (for instance, by holding that agents are morally responsible for what they intend to do, and not for the consequences of their actions). It puts forward a rival view of agency, according to which agents are partially constituted by world-involving events and processes. This view is developed through a consideration of Frankfurt-style cases. The chapter introduce a new kind of case, modelled on the Frankfurt-style cases, and argue that these new cases show that agential capacities are partially constituted by processes and mechanisms that seem at first glance to be external to the agent.

Keywords: Frankfurt-style cases; quality of will; capacities; dispositions; internalism; extended mind

Chapter.  10763 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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