Actualism Has Control Issues

Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 10 (3):1-18 (2016)
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Abstract

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.

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Travis Timmerman
Seton Hall University
Yishai Cohen
University of Southern Maine

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