Moral responsibility and the concept of agency


in Free Will and Modern Science

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264898
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754074 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

Moral responsibility and the concept of agency

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This chapter argues for the incompatibility of moral responsibility and determinism. The real reason why determinism and moral responsibility are inconsistent is not moral, but metaphysical. The real reason is that determinism is inconsistent with agency, which is a necessary (though not, of course, a sufficient) condition of moral responsibility.

Keywords: determinism; moral responsibility; metaphysics; agency

Chapter.  8133 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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