Dispositions, Abilities to Act, and Free Will: The New Dispositionalism

Mind 118 (470):323-351 (2009)
This paper examines recent attempts to revive a classic compatibilist position on free will, according to which having an ability to perform a certain action is having a certain disposition. Since having unmanifested dispositions is compatible with determinism, having unexercised abilities to act, it is held, is likewise compatible. Here it is argued that although there is a kind of capacity to act possession of which is a matter of having a disposition, the new dispositionalism leaves unresolved the main points of dispute concerning free will.
Keywords ability  disposition  free will
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzp034
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