Freedom with a human face

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29 (1):207-227 (2005)
As good a definition as any of a _philosophical_ conundrum is a problem all of whose possible solutions are unsatisfactory. The problem of understanding the springs of action for morally responsible agents is commonly recognized to be such a problem. The origin, nature, and explanation of freely-willed actions puzzle us today as they did the ancients Greeks, and for much the same reasons. However, one can carry this ‘perennial-puzzle’ sentiment too far. The unsatisfactory nature of philosophical theories is a more or less matter, and some of them have admitted of improvement over time. This, at any rate, is what we self-selecting metaphysicians tend to suppose, and I will pursue that high calling by suggesting a few improvements to a theory of metaphysical freedom, or freedom of the will.
Keywords Action  Agency  Consciousness  Ethics  Free Will  Freedom  Human  Metaphysics  Fischer, John Martin  Frankfurt, Harry  Wegner, Daniel
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DOI 10.1111/j.1475-4975.2005.00113.x
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Timothy O'Connor (2009). Degrees of Freedom. Philosophical Explorations 12 (2):119 – 125.

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