History and Manipulation

Manuel Vargas

in Building Better Beings

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199697540
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748851 | DOI:
History and Manipulation

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This chapter argues for the following claims: (1) agents can be responsible even when they lack those powers characteristically sufficient for moral responsibility; (2) history matters, but less frequently than people might suppose prior to revision of our folk commitments about free will and moral responsibility; and (3) that our intuitions about manipulation cases are not especially reliable, and there is some reason to accept what might otherwise look like counterintuitive results about a small subset of manipulation cases. The chapter engages with the work of Fischer and Mele on the historical requirements on responsible agency, and with the work of Kane and Pereboom on manipulation arguments.

Keywords: history; responsible agency; manipulation; Fischer; Kane; Pereboom; Mele; four case argument; source incompatibilism; responsibility

Chapter.  14472 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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