Simon Kittle University of Sheffield

  • Graduate student, University of Sheffield

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I am a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. My main research is in the area of philosophy of action, especially the metaphysics of free will.
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  1. Simon Kittle (forthcoming). Abilities to Do Otherwise. Philosophical Studies:1-19.
    In this paper I outline a number of features of intrinsic dispositions and abilities and discuss how these features are relevant to free will when the latter is understood as requiring the ability to do otherwise. In the first section I will argue that dispositions and abilities are properly characterised or defined not simply by a set of stimulus conditions and a manifestation type, but in addition by a set of circumstances (against which that manifestation is to be expected, given (...)
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  2. Simon Kittle (forthcoming). Powers Opposed and Intrinsic Finks. Philosophical Quarterly.
    Philosophers disagree over whether dispositions can be intrinsically finked or masked. Choi suggests that there are no clear, relevant differences between cases where intrinsic finks would be absurd and those where they seem plausible, and as a result rejects them wholesale. Here, I highlight two features of dispositional properties which, when considered together, provide a plausible explanation for when dispositions can be subject to intrinsic finks and when not.
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  3. Simon Kittle (2014). Vihvelin and Fischer on ‘Pre-Decisional’ Intervention. Philosophia 42 (4):987-997.
    Vihvelin argues that Frankfurt-style cases should be divided into two kinds, according to when the trigger for the intention takes place: either prior to the agent's choice or after it. Most agree that only the former, which I call pre-decisional intervention, stands a chance of removing all of an agent's alternatives. Vihvelin notes that both sides in the dispute over whether there is a successful case of pre-decisional intervention assume that if there is a successful case, then it will be (...)
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  4. Simon Kittle (2013). Freedom of the Will: A Conditional Analysis, by Ferenc Huoranszki. Disputatio (37):368-374.
  5. Simon Kittle (2013). Freedom of the Will, by Ferenc Huoranszki. Disputatio.
    Kittle, Simon_Freedom of the will, by Ferenc Huoranszki.
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