Actualism Has Control Issues

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Yishai Cohen
University of Southern Maine
Travis Timmerman
Seton Hall University
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According to actualism, an agent ought to φ just in case what would happen if she were to φ is better than what would happen if she were to ~φ. We argue that actualism makes a morally irrelevant distinction between certain counterfactuals, given that an agent sometimes has the same kind of control over their truth-value. We then offer a substantive revision to actualism that avoids this morally irrelevant distinction by focusing on a certain kind of control that is available to an agent. Finally, we show how this revised view has two additional advantages over actualism.
Keywords Actualism  Possibilism
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DOI 10.26556/jesp.v10i3.104
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