Moral responsibility and the metaphysics of free will: Reply to Van Inwagen

Philosophical Quarterly 48 (191):215-220 (1998)
In _The Philosophical Quarterly, 47 (1997), pp. 373-381, van Inwagen argues in a critical notice of my book _The Metaphysics of Free Will that the impression that Frankfurt-type examples show that moral responsibility need not require alternative possibilities results from insufficient analytical precision. He suggests various precise principles which imply that moral responsibility requires alternative possibilities. In reply, I seek to defend the conclusion I have drawn from Frankfurt-type examples: moral responsibility need not require alternative possibilities. I contend that van Inwagen's principle the principle of possible prevention and the no-matter-what principle are invalid, and I suggest that their plausibility comes from thinking about a proper subset of the relevant cases
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Peter van Inwagen (1997). Fischer on Moral Responsibility. Philosophical Quarterly 47 (188):373–381.
John Martin Fischer & Mark Ravizza (1992). The Inevitable. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 70 (4):388 – 404.

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