Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities

Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities: Essays on the Importance of Alternative Possibilities

by Michael Mckenna, David Widerker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754656985

ISBN-13: 9780754656982

Pub. Date: 05/31/2006

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

This book explores an important issue within the free will debate: the relation between free will and moral responsibility. In his seminal article 'Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility', Harry Frankfurt launched a vigorous attack on the standard conception of that relation, questioning the claim that a person is morally responsible for what she has…  See more details below

Overview

This book explores an important issue within the free will debate: the relation between free will and moral responsibility. In his seminal article 'Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility', Harry Frankfurt launched a vigorous attack on the standard conception of that relation, questioning the claim that a person is morally responsible for what she has done only if she could have done otherwise. Since then, Frankfurt's thesis has been at the center of philosophical discussions on free will and moral responsibility.

Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities, edited by David Widerker and Michael McKenna, draws together the most recent work on Frankfurt's thesis by leading theorists in the area of free will and responsibility. As the majority of the essays appear here for the first time, Moral Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities offers the newest developments in this important debate.


About the Author:
David Widerker, Department of Philosophy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Michael McKenna, Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department Ithaca College, USA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754656982
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/31/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Foreword
Introduction1
Ch. 1Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility17
Ch. 2Responsibility and Alternative Possibilities27
Ch. 3Blameworthiness and Frankfurt's Argument Against the Principle of Alternative Possibilities53
Ch. 4In Defense of the Principle of Alternative Possibilities: Why I Don't Find Frankfurt's Argument Convincing75
Ch. 5Responsibility, Indeterminism and Frankfurt-style Cases: A Reply to Mele and Robb91
Ch. 6Classical Compatibilism: Not Dead Yet107
Ch. 7Bbs, Magnets and Seesaws: The Metaphysics of Frankfurt-style Cases127
Ch. 8Moral Responsibility without Alternative Possibilities139
Ch. 9Freedom, Foreknowledge and Frankfurt159
Ch. 10Source Incompatibilism and Alternative Possibilities185
Ch. 11Robustness, Control, and the Demand for Morally Significant Alternatives: Frankfurt Examples with Oodles and Oodles of Alternatives201
Ch. 12Alternate Possibilities and Reid's Theory of Agent-causation219
Ch. 13Responsibility and Agent-causation235
Ch. 14Soft Libertarianism and Flickers of Freedom251
Ch. 15'Ought' Implies 'Can', Blameworthiness, and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities265
Ch. 16The Moral Significance of Alternate Possibilities301
Ch. 17The Selling of Joseph - A Frankfurtian Interpretation327
Ch. 18Some Thoughts Concerning PAP339
Bibliography347
Index355

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