Is there a freedom requirement for moral responsibility?

Dialogue 18 (3):289-306 (1979)

Abstract

The Principle that freedom is necessary for moral responsibility has received a variety of explications, but few philosophers have doubted that in some plausible sense it is true. However, two philosophers have recently challenged it using very different but equally ingenious arguments. J.F.M. Hunter has provided the more obviously direct attack in arguing that considerations of freedom as such are in no way relevant to assessments of moral responsibility. Harry Frankfurt has directed his fire at the version of the freedom principle which says that a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise. Both Frankfurt and Hunter point out the significance of their arguments for the determinism/moral responsibility debate: if there is no freedom requirement for moral responsibility, then even if determinism threatens freedom, it does not follow that determinism threatens moral responsibility

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Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility.Harry Frankfurt - 1969 - Journal of Philosophy 66 (23):829.
Acting Freely.Gerald Dworkin - 1970 - Noûs 4 (4):367-83.
The Principle of Alternate Possibilities.David Blumenfeld - 1971 - Journal of Philosophy 68 (March):339-44.
Moral Responsibility, Freedom, and Compulsion.Robert N. Audi - 1974 - American Philosophical Quarterly 11 (1):1-14.

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The Principle of Alternate Possibilities.Phillip Gosselin - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (1):91-104.

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