Moral theory and modified compatibilism

Journal of Philosophical Research 23 (January):441-458 (1998)
Recently there have been a number of attempts to show that free will is not a necessary condition for moral responsibility. It is argued that moral responsibility can be shown to be compatible with determinism even if free will is not. I assess the two most prominent arguments for this position and conclude that neither is sound. There is, however, an argument which does make a prima facie case for this new form of compatibilism. This argument, however, is not decisive. I maintain that what can be learned from the argument’s short-comings is that the free will problem can only be resolved by appeal to moral theory. We need some method by which competing intuitions about the matter can be adjudicated
Keywords Action  Compatibilism  Ethics  Freedom  Moral Theory
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DOI 10.5840/jpr_1998_7
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