In defence of the Four-Case Argument

Philosophical Studies 173 (7):1963-1982 (2016)

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Benjamin Matheson
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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Pereboom’s Four-Case Argument was once considered to be the most powerful of the manipulation arguments against compatibilism. However, because of Demetriou’s :595–617, 2010) response, Pereboom has significantly weakened his argument. Manipulation arguments in general have also been challenged by King : 65–83, 2013). In this paper, I argue that the Four-Case Argument resists both these challenges. One upshot is that Pereboom doesn’t need weaken his argument. Another is that compatibilists still need a response the Four-Case Argument. And another is that we get a much better understanding of the Four-Case Argument, and of manipulation arguments more generally, than is currently available in the literature.
Keywords Derk Pereboom  Four-Case Argument  Manipulation  Compatibilism  Incompatibilism
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