Erkenntnis 68 (1):1 - 19 (2008)

Ishtiyaque Haji
University of Calgary
The Direct Argument for the incompatibility of determinism and moral responsibility is so christened because this argument allegedly circumvents any appeal to the principle of alternate possibilities – a person is morally responsible for doing something only if he could have avoided doing it – to secure incompatibilism. In this paper, I first summarize Peter van Inwagen’s version of the Direct Argument. I then comment on David Widerker’s recent responses to the argument. Finally, I cast doubt on the argument by constructing counterexamples to a rule of inference it invokes.
Keywords Incompatibilism  Moral responsibility  Determinism  Direct argument
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-007-9056-z
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